Can I using Install disks from another Mac.

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by tonyfoto, Apr 21, 2011.

  1. tonyfoto macrumors newbie

    Apr 14, 2008
    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


    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    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

    Apr 14, 2008
    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

    Mar 31, 2011
    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

    Jolly Giant

    Sep 15, 2010
    Hamburg, Germany
    the gray install DVDs are machine specific.

    these, otoh, can be used on any machine

  6. iMackPro macrumors 6502

    Mar 31, 2011
    i didnt know that! learn something new every day!

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

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