Are Mac OS X installs kit specific?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by snakesqzns, Aug 24, 2009.

  1. snakesqzns macrumors regular


    Apr 26, 2007
    I'm wondering if it's possible to do something like:

    1) Install Leopard on an Intel MBP
    2) Boot Intel MBP install disc
    3) Backup Intel MBP hard drive image USB drive (e.g., using 'dd')
    4) Boot Intel iMac using install disc
    5) Write image from MBP to iMac

    Will it work? :eek:
  2. uaecasher macrumors 65816


    Jan 29, 2009
    Stillwater, OK
    why won't you just use time machine?
  3. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
  4. chrfr macrumors 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    At least as far as retail software, no they aren't. If you buy a computer that includes a version such as 10.5.6, for instance, THAT version will be different than a retail version of 10.5.6. 10.6 will install the same OS on any computer with which it's compatible.
    Now to the OP, if one of your computers has a bad optical drive, just put the DVD in the other computer, and put it into firewire target disk mode. The DVD will appear and you can install just as if the DVD is in the internal drive.

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