Buying used OS disks?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Greffe, Oct 11, 2013.

  1. Greffe macrumors newbie

    Oct 10, 2013
    I'm looking to install OS 10.6 on a 2007 MacBook, and I see a handful of copies (some sealed, some used) on eBay. I'm wondering if it works to use an opened copy that may have been registered before, and if all DVDs of the OS should work with the MacBook. Any knowledge appreciated, thank you.
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Make sure they're not the gray disks, if they are you have to be sure they're for the same model of Mac. Apple keyed the disks to the model of the mac, so if you bought a set of disks for a Mac Pro and tried to use them on your MacBook it would fail.
  3. Bruno09 macrumors 68020

    Aug 24, 2013
    Far from here
    You can also buy a new DVD of Snow Leopard 10.6.3 from Apple :

    Then you will have to update to 10.6.8 by installing the combo update :

    Then run Software Update to install the security updates and some other updates.

    Doing so won't give you iPhoto, iMovie, Garage Band, iWeb, iDVD, which are parts of the iLife suite (originally supplied on the second gray DVD).

    You can find iLife DVD's on Internet.
  4. Greffe thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 10, 2013
    Thanks, that's really useful to know. The mere fact of being used, however, wouldn't prevent them from being used again, if I understand right.
  5. MeUnix macrumors 6502

    Aug 21, 2013
    San Francisco
    You can get a brand new Snow Leopard OS X disk from Apple for $19.99.

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