install osx from other macs recovery disk?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by blazerdude20, Feb 28, 2010.

  1. blazerdude20 macrumors member

    Jul 19, 2008
    putting a bigger HD in my macbook so i can store more movies on it. i tossed my recovery disks a while back while moving, so can i use my fiances' recovery disks from her macbook pro since we both have leopard? -she has a faster cpu, if that matters for the disk-

  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    No. You need to have discs from the exact same model.
  3. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    If yours is a MacBook and hers is a MacBook Pro, then the answer is "no"
    Recovery discs are machine/model specific

    You would need a retail copy of Leopard
    Edit: or as robbieduncan suggests below, contact Apple for replacements

    However, you should be able to just clone your system to the new HDD
    Just use an external enclosure
  4. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    Nope: the underlying ID of a MacBook Pro and a MacBook are different so it won't install. You should contact Apple and pay for them to ship you the correct restore DVDs. It's cost you $20-$30. Why did you just "toss" them?
  5. blazerdude20 thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 19, 2008
    didn't mean to toss them, i was just cleaning out my apt as quickly as i could so i could get out of there.

    dang i was hoping i wouldn't have to buy discs from apple. :(

    thanks for the quick replies.
  6. Steve-M macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2009

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