Can I install OSX on a macbook pro with the DVD from an iMac?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by newdeal, Jan 29, 2011.

  1. newdeal macrumors 68020

    Oct 21, 2009
    Ok so here is the situation, I am buying a used macbook pro and the guy no longer has the OSX install disc. I have a OSX install disc from my iMac but as I recall if I try to use that it will give an error message. Is there any way to use my iMac install DVD to reinstall the OS on the laptop? I only want to reinstall to clear the other guys crap off of it
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    No, the grey install discs that come with Macs are model-specific and will not work on other models. You can call Apple for replacement install discs, or buy a retail copy of Mac OS X.
  3. chrismacguy macrumors 68000

    Feb 13, 2009
    United Kingdom
    You could of course use it from the iMac, installing onto the MacBook Pro via FireWire Target Disk Mode (MBP In Target Mode, and use the iMac to install it onto the MBPs HD).
  4. newdeal thread starter macrumors 68020

    Oct 21, 2009

    good call except I don't have the macbook pro yet and the guy who owns it only has windows on it since he never got the OSX disc from the guy he bought it from. What I am doing is installing it onto a USB flash drive and will take that when I pickup the laptop just to make sure it will in fact boot OSX just in case the guy changed out the logic board or something and there is an issue with OSX
  5. walterwhite macrumors 6502


    Jan 22, 2011
    South Central PA
    Sounds like a good plan to test it... I would just go with the idea of OS X 10.6 at a store... $29 and you can freshly install from that.

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