Buying used OS disks?

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

  1. Greffe macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2013
    #1
    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

    maflynn

    Staff Member

    Joined:
    May 3, 2009
    Location:
    Boston
    #2
    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

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2013
    Location:
    Far from here
    #3
    You can also buy a new DVD of Snow Leopard 10.6.3 from Apple :
    http://store.apple.com/us/product/MC573/mac-os-x-106-snow-leopard

    Then you will have to update to 10.6.8 by installing the combo update :
    http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1399?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US

    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

    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2013
    #4
    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

    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2013
    Location:
    San Francisco
    #5
    You can get a brand new Snow Leopard OS X disk from Apple for $19.99.
     

Share This Page