MacBook Pro Leopard discs, don't have..do desktop Mac OS X discs work?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Allyssea, Sep 23, 2008.

  1. Allyssea macrumors newbie

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    I recently received a MacBook Pro as a gift. However the original discs were not given to me. The hard drive still has remaining files on there, and I wanted to do a clean swipe of the hard drive. I had read that you need the original discs to reinstall the software and get a clean swipe. Is this true? I have inserted the discs and it says that the installation will not be completed. Would this be the case then?
     
  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

    wrldwzrd89

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    Remember that retail Leopard disks will work ONLY if the computer came with a version of Mac OS X earlier than the one on the retail disk. This means that if your particular model came with 10.5.2, you'll need a retail disk with the 10.5.3 or later update pre-applied. The same applies to Tiger and earlier versions of Mac OS X.
     
  3. TEG macrumors 604

    TEG

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    Restore and Software discs are tied to particular models. You would be better off buying a copy of Leopard and using it. You will also have to buy iLife if you want to use it as well.

    If you want do a new Install from the Discs, everything should be fine.

    TEG
     
  4. WarMachine macrumors member

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    What discs did you insert if you don't have the installation discs? Anyway, there are other ways to delete everything, but you will need the installation discs to re-install Mac OS X. You could try asking the person you bought it from for them or simply go to an Apple store and buy them, they're not so expensive.
     

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