Clean installing Snow Leopard with retail disc?

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  1. Sankersizzle macrumors 6502a

    Sankersizzle

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    Hallo everynun,

    I wish to reisntall Snow Leopard (freshly) on my 2010 17" MBP. However I don't have the install disk that came with the computer, just the retail disk. It is my understanding that I can't boot with the10.6.3 retail, I need a machine specific disc. What the dicks.

    My question is, is there a way I can format the drive and then use the retail disc version of Snow Leopard to install? I REALLY want to format my drive ASAP.

    Thx brothers.
     
  2. LastZion macrumors 6502a

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    Just boot from the disc and then run disc utility and you can reformat, I've done it loads of times
     
  3. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    No, you have to have the restore disks for your computer, as it shipped with a newer build of 10.6 than is on the retail disks, so regardless of what you do, it will not work.
     
  4. Sankersizzle thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I can't even get it to recognize the disc if I boot it up with it in there. It just sits at the grey apple forever...

    So there is no possible way this can be done? Lawd.
     
  5. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    No
     
  6. blevins321 macrumors 68030

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    You could call Apple. They'll send you a new set of discs at a really low charge. I did it last year and it was $10.
     
  7. LastZion macrumors 6502a

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    You have a retail copy of Snow Leopard right?

    So when you hold down option while booting, you get no option to boot to cd?

    I just did this 2 days ago with my retail copy of SL, booted to cd, selected disc utility, erased HD then installed a fresh copy of SL, I have done it many times...

    Not sure what I am not understanding...
     
  8. blevins321 macrumors 68030

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    The 2010 MBPs came with 10.6.3, but it was the 'special' 10.6.3 that contained the drivers for them. You cannot use a retail disc on a Mac that is of the same or higher 10.x.x version.
     
  9. dagamer34 macrumors 65816

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    Retail copies of OS X do not include the necessary drivers for machines built after that disc was released.
     
  10. LastZion macrumors 6502a

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    Gotcha, thanks for clearing that up guys, sorry to get your hopes up OP.
     
  11. Sankersizzle thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Looks like I will have to get my parents to mail me up my install discs, thanks guys!
     
  12. dagamer34 macrumors 65816

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    You could also take it to an Apple store as I'm sure they've got discs for all recent computers.
     

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