Can You Restore A Backup Drive With No Boot Disk?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by joshmv, Apr 2, 2009.

  1. joshmv macrumors member


    May 14, 2007
    Hey Everybody,

    Today is a bad day. My old 24" iMac has finally died it looks like and is experiencing the Gray Screen Of Death. I did have an external backup drive using time machine, so I was just going to restore it to my other iMac, but I can't find my boot disk.

    I know how to do it with the boot disk, but is there any way to do it without one? I just want to restore the whole thing.


  2. BobZune macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2007
    Unfortunately, no. You'll need a Leopard boot disk to restore from TM. You can get a replacement sent from Apple (assuming the machine with Leopard), or buy a retail disk if you prefer. [If you have an Apple store nearby and are nice to them, they may offer to boot it up and restore it for you.]

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