Finding Operating System for 2007 Macbook

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  1. jeepstylexx macrumors member

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    Purchased my girlfriend a new MBA and I am planning on selling her old 2007 Macbook. I need to reformat the hard drive and reinstall a fresh operating system. She doesn't have of the original software disks for installing the OS. It is currently running Snow Leopard. I have a thumb drive with Mt. Lion on it but it says it can't install on her system due to not enough ram. What options do I have for finding/installing a new OS system?

    Here are the specs:

    Hardware Overview:

    Model Name: MacBook
    Model Identifier: MacBook2,1
    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed: 2 GHz
    Number Of Processors: 1
    Total Number Of Cores: 2
    L2 Cache: 4 MB
    Memory: 1 GB
    Bus Speed: 667 MHz
    Boot ROM Version: MB21.00A5.B07
    SMC Version (system): 1.13f3
    Serial Number (system): 4H6523QRWGM
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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  3. jeepstylexx thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you for the quick reply. Any options that I could download for a quicker reinstall?
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You can order replacement discs for your model by calling Apple (800-767-2775 in the US).
    You can also buy a retail copy of Snow Leopard.
    The maximum OS you can install is 10.7.5.
    It will not support Mountain Lion.

    You can find specs on all Apple products:
     
  5. rabidz7 macrumors 65816

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    I would download osx lion off of the mac app store. Do this to mac a bootable usb.

    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2389178,00.asp

    Go to utilities > disc utility from installer, select your hard drive; not the partition, ensure erase is selected from top menu, (this step and the next is optional for security) click security options, select 35 pass overwrite, click erase.
     
  6. simsaladimbamba

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    35 pass erase? Really? With an 80 GB HDD it would take at least 15 hours (lucky to have such a small HDD in this case, imagine doing that to a 1 TB HDD - 8 days at least), if the write speed would be constantly 50 MB/s (which it is not).
    And a a simple ZERO OUT will suffice protecting data from being not be able to be recovered by data recovery software (awaiting a spam post in the next twelve months, do not disappoint me my fellow spammers).

    DiskWiping – One Pass is Enough
     
  7. G-Mo macrumors 6502

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    OS X Lion is no longer in the Mac App Store. You have to call Apple, pay $20 and get a special redeem code and you can download it.

    That said, the OPs machine only has 1GB RAM, so, you cannot install Lion as it wants 2GB. Additionally, you cannot install Lion direct onto a 2007 Machine, you have to upgrade from or on top of Snow Leopard... With additional hardware, there are ways around the above, but with just the machine, the OP will need a Snow Leopard disc.
     

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