Installed new hard drive--don't have software install disk

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by anniemathilda, Mar 12, 2010.

  1. anniemathilda macrumors newbie

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    Hello,

    After the hard drive on my early 2007 macbook went on the fritz and failed the other day I ordered a new hard drive and installed it myself following instructions I found online.

    I'm now getting the folder with a question mark so I believe the installation went well but I'm without my Leopard installation disk and in need of some help. I only have access to a PC, so I'm pretty sure I can't download a copy of the software, as all the ones I've found are torrents and I can't move those to a hard drive and boot up my macbook from one... or can I? Is there a way around this?

    Any advice appreciated! Thanks in advance.
     
  2. forcefieldkid macrumors 6502

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  3. JediMeister macrumors 68040

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    How about you buy Snow Leopard for $29. You won't have iLife though. Or buy the Mac Box set and give yourself OS X 10.6, iLife, and iWork.
     
  4. anniemathilda thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I've looked into that but it seems like I need to have Leopard to upgrade to Snow Leopard. Am I wrong about that?
     
  5. pdjudd macrumors 601

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    You had it before, you qualify. It does not need to be actively installed.
     
  6. JediMeister macrumors 68040

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    The retail install disc will allow you to do a clean install. You will boot to the 10.6 disc with the letter C or option held, it'll take you to the installer after you select your language. Because the drive is newly installed, to avoid any potential issues, I would recommend using Disk Utility (accessed from the Utilities menu in the top left) to create a GUID Partition Map, Mac OS Extended Partition, and followed by going through with the Mac OS installation. Post back if you need help getting that set up.
     

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