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I have an apple quadra 605 which the hard drive has died.
A replacement drive has been ordered and I think I've got the disks to reinstall OS 7, but she would very much like to have her claris works back and cannot find the disks.
Is this included on the system disks or does anyone have these archived somewhere?
Ebay did not seem to be much help, what version of claris works would I be looking for?  Looks like these were manufactured around 1993.
Can anyone help?
Thanks!
Dustin
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by:duank
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I should also explain that I know the very basics of macs.  Do not assume that I know anything about them...  Some reinstallation hints would be appreciated as well.
Thanks!
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by:roylong
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man, did I just enter a timewarp?

I have some really old disks somewhere - I'll take a look on Monday and see if Claris is amongst them...  :/
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by:duank
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Yep, time warp indeed.  This lady loves her computer and just wants it to work again.
I would sure appreciate it!
I sure hope those reinstall disk are still good!
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strung earned 2000 total points
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Just be aware the before you re-install, you will have to re-format the new drive as it will come formatted for a PC by default. You have boot from the system disk (by booting while holding down the C key), then go into the utilities folder where you will find a utility to format disks. I think it was called Drive Setup.

If the system disks are no good, you can download System 7.5.3 here:  http://download.info.apple.com/Apple_Support_Area/Apple_Software_Updates/English-North_American/Macintosh/System/Older_System/System_7.5_Version_7.5.3/

and upgreate to 7.5.5 here: http://download.info.apple.com/Apple_Support_Area/Apple_Software_Updates/English-North_American/Macintosh/System/
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by:strung
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By the way, System 7 was introduced in 1991 and replaced in 1997, so you are talking 15 - 20 year old software.  System 7 predated Windows 3.1.
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by:roylong
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btw, what spec is the disk? I'm wondering if I have an old classic HD somewhere...

You may get away with installing 8.5 you know, which should support that model and the software.
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by:mccrick
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I'm pretty sure those were scsi disks back then...
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by:strung
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Good catch! You are right - internal SCSI:  http://support.apple.com/kb/sp221
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by:duank
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The disk was a SCSI 80MB.  I do not know what those old computers could support so I found an identical drive on ebay.  I felt almost sick spending $40 on a 80MB hard drive.  :)
Thank you so much for the reinstall hints and links.  
I'll let you know how it goes.
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by:mccrick
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Once you get the whole computer up and running perfectly, the computer will be worth -$35, (yes, negative thirty-five dollars). Don't bother worrying about the numbers, you are about 15 past any sense of reality. On the other hand, if you keep that thing alive for another 10 years you might be able to get a couple of grand for it as an antique.
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by:strung
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You might also find some help here:  http://lowendmac.com/quadra/quadra-605.html
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by:duank
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Got it working!  Installed an identical drive from ebay, had all the install disks so it went very smooth.  Had to reinitialize the disk but that was very straightforward.  Even had the manual that actually described the reinstallation process in detail.  Don't see that everyday.  It was a very nice straightforward process.
Thanks!
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