alocke79 Posted August 31, 2012 Share Posted August 31, 2012 So I bought a 3ish year old Mac Pro tower on Craigslist. Decent machine with 9 gigs of RAM, 3 hard drives, 2x Xeon quad cores, but the previous owner wiped the hard drive and no longer had the original install disks. Probably one reason why is was such a good deal. So working in IT for many years but just more recently needed to get good with Mac, I thought to myself, hey no problem. I'll just go buy a copy of the OS and away we go... wrong. Apparently to combat the hackintosh "problem", you can no longer just go buy a copy of OSX. They have stopped selling the Lion USB install drives and Snow Leopard DVDs. Direct words from the genius bar. What they want you to do is, bring the machine to the Apple Store and let them install it for you. I kindly explained that working in IT, I would likely want to mess with the machine and have the ability to re-install if I chose so that was really not my preferred option. The reply to this was, once they install it for you, you can make a time machine backup to use if you ever want to re-install. Maybe I'm just being a fist shaking old man here, but this is horse shit to me. The newest generation of hardware has the ability to re-install over the internet from an options key bootup, which is nice, I admit, but it does not help with older hardware such as this. So I have a nice, slightly used mac with good hardware, and no real way to install the OS unless I lug this chrome steel tower into an apple store and then use a time machine file as my only re-install method. Or I could also go on ebay and try to purchase retail snow leopard disks or a Lion USB key for 2-3x the original retail value. Apple, this is BS. People are still going to be able to make a hackintosh if they want, you are just annoying people. Put the damn DVDs and USBs back on the shelf already. ./rant off Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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