Just bought a used Macbook Pro, i want to reinstall OS x, but i don't have the dvd?

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  1. Santiago7 macrumors newbie

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    Just bought this macbook pro (OS X 10.5.8) and i was thinking of starting over, fresh, reinstall the OS and erasing the hard drive but the guy i bought it from didn't have the start up disk. How can I do this? Can i use any start up disk? i have a friend with a newer macbook pro but will his start up disk work with mine?? his is a year newer than mine.

    i also have to change the password because i don't know it. any thoughts?

    -thanks
     
  2. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    Why not just go to the Apple Store and buy Snow Leopard? It only costs $29 :)
     
  3. celticpride678

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    You cannot use another MacBook Pro's Install DVD - they are specific to that Mac and that Mac only!

    Your only choice is to contact Apple and have them send you replacement DVD's for a small charge.
     
  4. Santiago7 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    what if i don't have the password and i buy snow leopard, will i be able to install it? and will it also erase the hard drive to start over?
     
  5. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    Yes, you will be able to install it and erase the hard drive.
     
  6. celticpride678

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    You will be able to erase the hard drive, yes.

    As for the password, I believe you'll be able to reset it in the Mac OS X Installer.
     
  7. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    If you do an erase and install you won't need to worry about the password.
     
  8. Santiago7 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks guys.

    by the way...

    i was also considering upgrading both the hard drive (now a 250GB) and memory (2GB) to a 500GB and 4GB.
    any recommendations as far as brands? anything i should avoid doing/buying? and should i do the upgrade before or after installing snow leopard?
     
  9. advres Guest

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    So you "buy" this laptop from someone and they left it just like they had it... and didn't give you the password? oooooookkkkkkk.
     
  10. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    I'd check out OWC for the hard drive and RAM, I've had great experiences with them in the past. As for as installing Snow Leopard, I'd wait until you have the new hard drive installed, that way you don't have to worry about Migration Assistant or cloning the hard drive over.
     
  11. celticpride678

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    Take a look at either OWC or Crucial for RAM and Hard Drives. If you're buying a new hard drive, look into SSD's
     
  12. HBOC macrumors 68020

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    I beg to differ. My MBP had Leopard when I bought it, and my brother bought a 13" MacBook"Pro". He used my install disk with no problems.

    Also, I second the SnowLeopard. $30 and it is great.

    For the Memory, I have 4GB or Crucial which is great and I have a TravelStar (Hitachi) 500Gb 7200 RPM drive that has been working perfect for 7 months now.
     
  13. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    Now that you've "outed" him, he's about to have problems. The Software License Police are knocking at his door... :eek:
     
  14. Duff-Man macrumors 68030

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    Duff-Man says...while buying 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and doing an erase and install will resolve any password issues and enable to user to "start clean" there is still a good reason to get the proper restore disks from Apple - 10.6 retail disks do *not* come with the bundled software (iLife) and doing an erase and install will leave the user without the programs....oh yeah!
     
  15. HBOC macrumors 68020

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    ?

    We have since bought the family user pack of Snow Leopard, so I doubt it.
     

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