Copying/Backing Up pre-installed programs??

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Slov, Aug 12, 2010.

  1. Slov macrumors newbie

    Feb 29, 2008
    Is there a way to copy pre-installed software? I purchased an iMac from someone on craigslist and it came pre-installed with Adobe CS3 and Aperture, but no discs. I wanted to somehow put those programs on my macbook pro as well. Is there any way to do this without the discs? I tried copying the actual program files but it didn't work.

  2. sho33hoku macrumors newbie

    Jul 12, 2008
    Jakarta, Indonesia
    The procedure below works if you want to carbon copy the whole system HD.

    I transferred all my data, application and system from my old iMac 20" 2.66GHz core2duo to the new i7 iMac. I connected the new imac to the old one using firewire cable, turn the new iMac on while pressing 'T' (Target disk mode), and use the disk utility application in the new imac, and restore disk (the old imac HD as the source, and the new iMac HD as destination), A couple hours later, voila, I have all the presets, preferences, accounts, applications as my old iMac.

    In my case, it probably works because it uses the same intel based processor and no major hardware differences. Try your luck, but as always, please back up first before do something major like this. Hope this could help. ;D
  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    CS3 needs to be activated and moving it to a new computer will probably not work because of that.

    My advice is to buy the software instead of stealing it.
  4. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    As maflynn alluded to already, you did only buy the iMac and the software that is included on the grey restore DVDs. You did not acquire the proper licenses for the applications the seller left on there and your usage is against the EULA you probably didn't even agree to.

    Any further helping you with copying non-licensed software is against forum rules.


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