Can I use my friends Snow Leopard USB Thumbdrive to reinstall? (same model)

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by cathyy, Dec 1, 2011.

  1. cathyy macrumors 6502a

    Apr 12, 2008
    Both my friend and I have a 2010 Macbook Air. I lost my Snow Leopard installation thumbdrive, but he still has his. I was wondering if I could use his thumbdrive to do a reinstallation on my MBA.

    Will there be any problems doing this? Especially regarding serial number or warranty?

    Thanks. :)
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    If you have the same model, it will work. Also make a clone of the drive, to have one yourself.
    There will be no problems with serial number or warranty, as Apple is not like Microsoft with protecting its software.
  3. cathyy thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Apr 12, 2008
    Is there any actual proof of this anywhere? My friend doesn't believe me. :(
  4. Kissaragi macrumors 68020

    Nov 16, 2006
  5. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    You don't have a license for SL; therefore what you are proposing to do is piracy. If you want SL be ethical and buy it.
  6. JonLa macrumors 6502

    Dec 22, 2009
    Well if he has the 2010 Air then he does have the licence for Snow Leopard. He's just lost the installation media.
  7. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    Exactly. And yes your buddies install USB drive will work for yours since they are the same model.
  8. castillo4141 macrumors member

    Sep 4, 2011
    He has a 2010 MBA...that came with SL. That's her license, unless he is planning to upgrade I don't see any problem in that (besides for this to be an ethic problem we must have a long conversation first to determine if intellectual property as established by the US government is the good way to deal with human inventions) maybe legal problem, but then again, legally speaking, it is ok.

    And if your friend doesn't believe it, you can always go to an Apple Store and they can help you, of course they may charge you for the aid - not for the OS.
  9. johnhurley macrumors 6502a


    Aug 29, 2011
    Did you read the complete original posting?
  10. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    Most people on forums have no legal background and just spout off what they believe is accurate (case in point Old-Wiz).

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