- Need advice re: the best/easiest way to make a bootable thumb drive for multiple iMacs (and some other computers) of indeterminate age (most are 2000-2008-ish, some newer).
- What (Mac) OS version should I use for max compatibility (for that “year range”)?
I want to:
- Make backup DMGs of the drives
- Wipe the computers
- Load the best OS for each device
Is there an online list of Macs and the highest-version of Max OS they will support to help me during the clean install phase?
When you do something like this, do you all just create a test or demo user so the computer will boot when on sale?
—> Feel free to let me know that you usually avoid this kind of “volunteering” and how you regularly do so!!! <—
:: Longer tale ::
Helping a friend (different friend from several other posts).
I have bitten off more than most would want to chew.
I can do it; but … Gah!!
A widowed friend is trying to clear out her husband’s office and another office that shared space.
I’m going to end up with 4-6 iMacs of various age, a mini we just found in a box, a really old iMac, a MacBook (white plastic ver, which is kind of cool!) a Powerbook G4(!) ((Gasp!)) and some other computers.
Other than the Powerbook G4, there is one white plastic iMac that a friend (with a business that trades in old computers) says they will recycle but not buy.
I want to do a good job for her and
Make disk images they can access later to access files/photos (they’re “sure” they have everything they need but I am not sure(!)).
Wipe these macs and
Load a clean version of the OS on these computers so she can take them somewhere they will offer her any amount for them. …
BTW: I am AMAZED at the $$ loss in our beloved machines over the years… One of the better iMacs I tested is a 14,2 … I remember these in 2013 being the sexiest things on the market and $3,000+ … Now a refurbished one goes for $399???
I have no idea how to even boot the Powerbook G4 from an external thumb drive or DVD. … no power supply and no boxes, disks, etc. on the laptops at all.
I haven’t even mentioned 3 office servers that are headless HP builds and I have no idea what they’re booting. Tempted to pull the drives, plug them into my personal mac, wipe them with a utility; then load the HPs with Linux so they can be donated to Goodwill.
TIA for any help/advice!