Are all Snow leopard install disks the same?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by kettlecorn, Oct 6, 2011.

  1. kettlecorn macrumors 6502

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    Can I use the snow leopard install discs that came with a 2011 Macbook Pro to install SL on a 2010 macbook pro?

    Do the discs distinguish between years? Do they distinguish between the 13", 15", and 17" as well?

    So far I did a hard drive swap and put my 2011 macbook pro 13" (original) into a 2010 15" MBP. it worked plug and play but I'm not trusting it so I want to do a clean install. Only problem is, I only have access to the 2011 SL recovery discs, I believe they are 10.6.8 or 10.6.6. Would these work on my 2010 15"?


    Trust me I did a search but when you start typing 2010 and 2011 and macbook pro, there are hardly any relevant searches.
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    The grey Restore DVDs are machine specific and cannot be used on other Mac models than the model they came with, even if they include a Mac OS X version newer than the one the Mac came with you want to install it to.
    You can get replacement DVDs from Apple, or you could just clone a fresh install of the 2011 Restore DVDs to the 2011 MBPs to a 2010 MBP via Target Disk Mode.
     
  3. kettlecorn thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Awesome thanks that helps!
     
  4. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    Not quite true.

    You cannot install a version of SL that is older than the machine. Hence, you couldn't use a disc from a 2009 MBP(I believe those had 10.6.3) but you could use one from a 2011 MBP(10.6.7).
     

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