How to get back iPhoto, iMovie, etc after HD upgrade

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  1. BasilFawlty macrumors 6502

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    I just bought a MacBook Pro to replace my MacBook that died due to water spill. The MBP I bought was bought "new" but is an early 2011 version with a 320GB Hard Drive.

    First I Made a Lion restore key on a thumb drive, then swapped the drive for a new Momentus Hybrid 500GB. The swap seems to have gone well. The new HD is working and now has Lion on it (it had been running SL when I had it in my older MB). But I realized that iPhoto and iMovie and all those "extra" programs that came with my MBP are no longer on there after the HD swap. Is there a way to get these to install on my new HD without having to re-purchase them?

    (I think what this suite of programs is call is "iLife". Since no DVD came with my MBP, am I stuck or is there a way to install it on the new HD from the old one?
     
  2. fisherking macrumors 603

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    you should be able to download the ilife apps from the app store (that's what i did after replacing the drive on a new macbook pro)...
     
  3. BasilFawlty thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Without having to pay for them? Does the App Store just recognize that I "own" iLife since it had been installed originally on my MBP?
     
  4. BasilFawlty thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I just tried that. The problem is, when I look at the iLife Apps (like iPhoto, Garage Band, etc) in the App store, it says "Installed" and the button does nothing.
     
  5. fisherking macrumors 603

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    odd, for me each app's button said 'install'.
    did you register you mac?

    try calling apple...
     
  6. BasilFawlty thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Well, I just figure out that I could put by original 320 HD in an enclosure and attach my original hard drive to my MBP. Then all I had to do was drag and drop the iLife apps from the old HD to the new HD Application folder.
     
  7. fisherking macrumors 603

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    there's more to it than that; you'd need the receipts (so software update will 'see' that and offer you updates when available); garageband has a LOT of support files as well...
     
  8. BasilFawlty thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Well, it must see that I own it because there was an iPhoto update and it did the update with no problem.
     
  9. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    hold option key then open app store, continue to hold option and click the "purchased" tab you should now be able to re-download things that say "installed"
     
  10. NorthDakota91, Dec 20, 2011
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    Before opening the "purchased" tab in the app store try holding also the option key, then you should be able to install it

    EDIT: probably it works only with the apps that have an installer (for instance, xcode and lion) but there's no harm in trying ;)
     
  11. BasilFawlty thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks - I finally did get it to work.
     
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    Glad it helped
     

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