Clean install of OS on erased HDD

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by px3l, Sep 3, 2010.

  1. px3l macrumors newbie

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    Okay so i bought my Macbook in late 2007 around november, i have had no problems until recently i got the flashing folder with the '?', i take it couldn't find the correct boot disk and the HDD was not mounted, i have repaired and verified my hard drive through the use of the utilities on my leopard upgrade disk.

    I know i had two grey disks come with my laptop which i cannot find, i know that the install disks that come with the apple product are specific to your line of model. I have seen an install disk for 'Leopard' for MacBook on a website and was wondering if i purchased this would it definitely work or would i have to have the tiger 10.4 disk original that came with my laptop? i cannot use the current leopard disk i have because it is only an upgrade disk.

    any ideas?

    thanks

    *edit*

    spec

    2.0ghz core 2 duo
    1gb ram
    80gb HDD
     
  2. spinnerlys Guest

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    Use the Snow Leopard Upgrade DVD for 29 USD.

    The grey restore DVDs are model specific, thus no even a DVD for the MacBook 4,1 works with a MacBook 4,2, even though they look alike and have not that much different hardware.

    The SL Upgrade DVD is a Retail version of Mac OS X, thus works with all Intel Macs.
     
  3. GfulDedFan macrumors 65816

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    I don't think that it is. Every retail version of Mac OS is a full system disk and should be able to install Leopard from it. Have you tried?
     
  4. px3l thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i got the full tiger install disk i have lost
    i also have the upgrade disk for leopard, this disk is used only for upgrade purposes once there is an OS installed on the system so i cannot use it as a full OS

    thanks for replies
     
  5. GfulDedFan macrumors 65816

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    Sounds like you have the "drop-in" disk that was packaged during recent releases of the OS, right? You may find This Article interesting.
     
  6. Abscissa macrumors regular

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    You can use the $29 Snow Leopard Upgrade 10.6.3 disk. I asked about this recently. I installed it on a MacBook Pro 2.1 with a blank HD with no issue. Don't let Apple tell you otherwise. No where on the box does it say that any version of OS X is required on a drive. You can install it on a blank HD and you'll have the full Snow Leopard version.
     

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