Can I using Install disks from another Mac.

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  1. tonyfoto macrumors newbie

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    I have a MacBook Pro that I purchased in 2008. I'm preparing it to be formated and backing up the data I need so I can start fresh. My roommate has a newer MacBook Pro that came with Snow Leopard. Could I use the install disks that came with his computer and get Snow Leopard on my Mac? I know mine is capable of the new OS. It just would beat paying for the upgrade like I've neglected to do for awhile.
     
  2. stridemat Moderator

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    I'm afraid not. Disks that come with a certain machine are only compatiable with that machine. Snow Leopard disks are cheap anyway.
     
  3. tonyfoto thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks, Figured it wouldn't hurt to ask. It's no big deal really. I plan to buy a new Mac when Lion is released.
     
  4. iMackPro macrumors 6502

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    how is that true? when a single license of snow leopard i used it on every mac in the house and half of my fraternity used it too
     
  5. Jolly Giant macrumors 6502a

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    the gray install DVDs are machine specific.

    these, otoh, can be used on any machine

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  6. iMackPro macrumors 6502

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    i didnt know that! learn something new every day!

    PS: mind posting in my thread about mac pro servers?
     

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