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A. Installing Mac OS X 10.4 > Four Kinds of Installation

Four Kinds of Installation

The Mac OS X installer can perform a number of different installations. For example, it can put a copy of Mac OS X 10.4 onto a hard drive that currently has:

  • Nothing on it. If you one day have to erase your hard drive completely—because it’s completely hosed, or, less drastically, because you’ve bought a new, empty external hard drive—this is how to do it. See Erase & Install, later in this appendix, for a step-by-step guide.

  • Mac OS 9 on the hard drive. Also see The Basic Installation below for a step-by-step explanation.

  • Mac OS X 10.0 through 10.3. The 10.4 installer can turn your older copy of Mac OS X into the 10.4 version, in the process maintaining all of your older preferences, fonts, documents, accounts, and so on. See The Upgrade Installation.


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