Help - Need to reinstall OS X but don't have Install DVD!

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  1. mtbiac macrumors newbie

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    So my 2008 non-unibody 15" MBP's HD recently crashed, but I have lost my OS X install DVDs. I went to the apple store and they tried to charge me $129 for new ones!!!!!!!!! I have a new install DVD from my new 17" uMBP but of course it won't install. What are my options now? This machine is still under warranty, I was under the impression that I could get new install DVDs for free, or for atleast ~ <$20, right? Any guidance? Should I just try and "acquire" new discs online since I legally own a copy, but cannot find them?

    Thanks!
     
  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    you should be able to get replacement restore discs for cheap from apple
     
  3. slpdLoad macrumors 6502a

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    Call Apple. "Restore media" is what you're looking for.
     
  4. mtbiac thread starter macrumors newbie

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    how "cheap" are we talking here? Are they definitely not free from the apple store?

    Thanks
     
  5. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Definitely not free

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  6. spinnerlys Guest

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    30 USD I think.
     
  7. iLog.Genius macrumors 601

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    Yep. $30 and some change. $15 and some change if you don't want the application disc.
     
  8. qpid macrumors regular

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    If you know someone who has a boxed retail version of leopard that may work depending on how new it is.
     
  9. iLog.Genius macrumors 601

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    Doubt it. I'm not aware of any retail Leopard disc (at least 10.5.6) that would work with all the drivers. OP would most likely need to get the replacement discs for his portable.
     
  10. crzdmniac macrumors regular

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    I called them the other day because I couldn't find my Leopard up-to-date disc and they sent out one free of charge.
     
  11. TwinCities Dan macrumors 603

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    What? Why do you doubt that retail Leopard disks would work? :confused:

    That's exactly what Apple tried to sell the OP today.
     
  12. iLog.Genius macrumors 601

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    Yup, they'll do that sometimes. +1 for Apple CSR!
     
  13. megamouse macrumors member

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    No need to waste the cash

    I had a similar dilemma the other day, what I did was use a firewire cable linking two MBPs, and restart the repaired one under Target Disk Mode (by holding T at start up)

    Put my leopard DVD (the one does NOT work on the repaired MBP) into my good-working machine, install the system into the harddrive on the Repaired MBP. You can select a HDD to install since that repaired MBP is recognised as a firewire HDD to the good-working MBP

    Choose carefully as you don't want to erase your good-working system.
     
  14. iphonesrq macrumors 6502

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    me too.....i called & they sent me both for free, I thought i was standard practice, maybe I got lucky.

    see this, post #15
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=709269
     

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