Mac Mini OS DVD for Macbook?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by leftheaded, May 10, 2010.

  1. leftheaded macrumors member

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    hi, i'm in a bind and don't have much time. our flight leaves the country in 14 hours :)

    so, we have a macbook and a mac mini. i just replaced the stock macbook hdd with a 500gb WD drive no problem. also, i have a time machine backup on an external hdd ready.

    the problem is i cannot find my OS X dvd anywhere. however, i did find my OSX DVD for my mac mini. still, when i turn on the macbook all i see is a folder blinking with a question mark in it. doesn't seem to work, but i have almost zero mac savvy. :(
    how can i get my OS installed tonight?
     
  2. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    The restore (grey) DVDs are machine specific and do not work on another system.
     
  3. spinnerlys Guest

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    The gray restore DVDs are machine specific, so you can't use the DVDs for a MacBook with a MacMini, or for a MacBook 2010 with a MacBook 2009.

    You can*use TargetDiskMode to clone your MacMini HDD to your MacBook's HDD via CarbonCopyCloner or SuperDuper.

    MRoogle is also a good resource to search these fora.
     
  4. leftheaded thread starter macrumors member

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    well, now i can't get the mac mini DVD out of my macbook. Think i'll just bring another computer :/
     
  5. spinnerlys Guest

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    Force Eject a Stuck CD or DVD
     
  6. leftheaded thread starter macrumors member

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    should i be able to put the orig hdd back in then make a startup disk? and then use that startup disk to get to a point where i can restore from my time machine backup (on the ext hdd)?
     
  7. leftheaded thread starter macrumors member

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    my wife found the OS X DVD!! woohoo!

    thanks for the help folks
     

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