Can I install OS X on more than one Mac w/ more the same disk?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by JCLrox, Mar 23, 2012.

  1. macrumors regular

    JCLrox

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    I have a couple of old macs and I plan to get some of the software to go with these, because chances are I will eventually have to restore the software, or something along those lines. I am buying this used, from eBay, so the disks will have been used to install software before. Because they have already been used and they will probably be in a single pack set (not family pack), will I be able to use them on my computers? Thank you!
     
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    Intell

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    A retail disc, the black ones, can be used on as many computers as you want.
     
  3. macrumors 6502

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    Yes, you can install the OS as many times as you want. Apple's not like Microsoft with its activation/serial numbers, etc. You can theoretically install OS X indefinitely with a single disk, but it's "technically" not legal...but the way I look at it, if Apple doesn't offer the disk for sale anymore, I don't feel bad using my Leopard, Tiger, and Panther retail disks for my own uses. A lot of retailers online like to rip people off by charging full retail prices for OS X disks that have already been used before...I'm not wasting my money on a disk that's already been used when I have one already.
     
  4. thread starter macrumors regular

    JCLrox

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    That's great, thanks so much!
     

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