Macbook Mid-2009 10.5.4 upgrade to 10.8 (USB/DVD)?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by danz207, Sep 29, 2012.

  1. danz207 macrumors newbie

    Sep 29, 2012
    Austrayaa Mate!!
    Just picked up (my first) Macbook off of eBay for $490(!!) but it comes with Tiger 10.5.4 and the max it can support (according to wikipedia :D) is 10.8.
    So i thought, why not jump the gun and upgrade to it so i can keep it like that forever but (stupid me) just sold my only 10.6.3 Snow Leopard disc so i have no way of getting the app store.
    My friend has a Mac aswell and said he'd let me create a (temporary) account to buy and download 10.8 so that i can create a bootable USB or DVD of it but i'm a bit concerned:
    For starters, i want to erase the hard drive and write a few 'zero's' over it so there is no trace of data on it (was an Ex-lease Mac) and do a fresh install of 10.8 but i'm scared that the installation might not work and then i have a blank hard drive.
    And firstly, is it even possible to install 10.8 over 10.5.4 (after erasing hard drive? <--- Im 99.99% sure that was a stupid question and that i can, but a mac is a whole new world for a PC man.

    Thanks in advanced, Danz207
  2. laudern macrumors 6502a

    Jan 5, 2011
    I formatted my laptop completely and did a usb install of ML...worked fine
  3. truettray macrumors 6502


    Sep 7, 2012
    First of all, 10.5.4 would be Leopard. Secondly you have to upgrade your Mac to 10.6 (Snow Leopard) before you can upgrade to Lion or Mountain Lion. The only really practical way to skip installing Snow Leopard would be to use Target Disk Mode.
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    wondersreduced macrumors newbie

    Oct 21, 2012
    10.6 upgrade is $19.99 from 1-800-MY-APPLE

    10.6 upgrade is $19.99 from 1-800-MY-APPLE.

    I've heard that higher upgrades are the same price.

    It is strange to see them selling for so much everywhere else, yet Apple doesn't want to do a solid favor for it's loyal customers and advertise the actual price
  5. aishazoe macrumors newbie

    Oct 21, 2012
    Where / how, please? Called up 1800 My Apple and they said they don't have any in stock. Is there a department I should request?


    [I'm a n00b lurker]
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