HDD dead, No OS discs...

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by CountDotula, Oct 13, 2010.

  1. CountDotula macrumors newbie

    Oct 13, 2010
    Hi guys,

    First of all, let me say I'm an absolute Mac n00b...

    My fiance's 2-3 year old Macbook has died (Grey screen with flashing question mark on boot), have tried every solution under the sun to come to the conclusion the HDD is dead.

    I know how to replace the HDD but my problem comes with the OS... He no longer has the discs that came with the Macbook (I smacked him for losing them!) and apart from that, his friend installed Snow Leopard on it a few weeks before the HDD died, I think he was hoping to have that installed on it if I can repair it.

    What can I do that isn't going to cost me the earth? Ideally, I would like to install Snow Leopard but don't have a copy or know where to get one and am assuming a Windows install would be out of the question without BootCamp...

    Any help would be much appreciated.
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Snow Leopard can be had for $29 online or in a retail store.
  3. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    You can buy a copy of Snow Leopard and put that on. All your data will be lost, of course. Check the link in my sig for anything you might not have tried yet.
  4. CountDotula thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 13, 2010
    I assumed that was just an upgrade and that a previous OS had to be installed on the HDD for it to work...
    So you're telling me I can fix this for $29 + the cost of a new HDD?

    Luckily, all data was backed up so that's not an issue :)
    Checked your link, have tried all those (except for the ones that require discs of course)
  5. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    The standard $29 retail DVD can be installed to an empty drive :)
  6. CountDotula thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 13, 2010
    Oh that is a huge relief!!!

    Thanks everyone for your help *skips off to buy new HDD and $29 OS* :)

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