Original system discs MP 3,1

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by ashman70, Feb 21, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    Dec 20, 2010
    If you buy a Mac Pro used, as I did, and it does not come with the original system discs, which mine did not, is there any way to get them? The person who sold me my machine does not have them, I can't find them on Ebay. As my Mac Pro is a 3,1, the original system discs would have been for Leopard and I am now running Lion, could I use them for anything?
  2. macrumors 601


    Jul 17, 2010
    Torrent or friend is your best bet.
  3. macrumors 68020


    Jan 25, 2009
    Why in the world would you need the Leopard DVDs?
  4. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Dec 20, 2010
    This is part of my question, is there any reason I would ever need them?
  5. macrumors 601


    Jul 17, 2010
    No. Unless you really want outdated iLife:D
    All discs past the official restore OS versions will boot and run your Mac with all the tools etc. You do miss the HW test but whatever to that placebo pill.
  6. macrumors 68030


    Oct 31, 2007
    If you really want them, call Apple. They'll send them to you. For free in some cases, but at the worst they'll charge $20 or so.

    Since you're running Lion, it'd probably just be easier to create a Lion install disc in case you need a clean installation on a new hard drive in the future.
  7. macrumors 68020


    Jan 25, 2009
    My question is the rhetorical answer. Leopard isn't the latest OS, it was released in 2007 so no, it's utterly useless.

    If anything, creating a physical copy of your reguraly bought OS X Lion can be useful, for example, to perform tasks with Utility Disk on the booting partition, to reinstall the os (thus formatting) and so on.
  8. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 26, 2010
    I am going to go with "YES" you can.
    Right now, your Mac can run the latest and greatest OS provided by Apple.
    That won't always be the case.
    Having the original restore disks means that you will NEVER be in a situation where you can't wipe the drive and restore the computer to working order.

    As an example, I recently purchased a PowerPC G4 iMac. The owner didn't have the restore disks. I didn't know the admin password for the existing account. In this situation, the original restore disk would be useful.

    It may not be useful now, bit it might be later.
    You may not want the original disk, but you definitely want SOME way to install an Operating System. Lion, Snow Leopard, etc..
  9. macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2008
    Original disks are also good for the diagnostics.
  10. macrumors member

    Jul 19, 2010
    If you have upgraded your video card to a 5770, 5870, they will be useless.

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