Macbook Restore Disk Question

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by leisenstein, Sep 28, 2012.

  1. leisenstein macrumors member

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    I know there are a ton of threads on restoring, but none seem to fit my situation and since I am a Macbook newb, I need some help.

    I bought a used Macbook Pro (13", 2008 version). It came loaded with Lion, but no restore disk. I was told I could buy it from the App store if I needed it.

    When I went to the App store, Lion is no longer there and my laptop does not support Mountain Lion.

    I tried building one using a tool on Apple's support site, but it had me put in my apple id and said I hadn't purchased Lion with that account.


    How can I build a restore disk in case I ever have to reload from DVD/USB?
     
  2. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    There is no such thing as a 13" 2008 MacBook Pro. It could be a 13" 2009 model, or a 13" 2008 MacBook(not a Pro).

    Either way, if it is an Aluminum unibody model, it will run ML.

    http://www.apple.com/osx/specs/
     
  3. leisenstein thread starter macrumors member

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    MB403/LL, white body. Sorry, but I'm completely new to all this.
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You can find specs on all Apple products, including maximum OS supported:
    Your MacBook will not run ML. If you call Apple, they may be able to offer a solution.
     
  5. leisenstein thread starter macrumors member

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    This one only works if you purchased Lion from the app store. It was loaded already when I bought it and Lion is no longer available on the App store.

    This is the catch-22 I'm in. I've worked with Windows PCs for years and never had an issue like this. Most Windows PC makers have stopped shipping the media, but they almost always include a program to let you make your own restore disk.
     
  6. Orlandoech macrumors 68040

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    Then use Internet restore.
     
  7. MagicBoy macrumors 68040

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    That will only work if :
    1) The Mac shipped with Lion
    2) User has an App Store Account with Lion purchased on it

    OP doesn't have either. The Mac shipped with Leopard. His OS is registered on someone else's App Store account.
     
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  9. MagicBoy macrumors 68040

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    On what?

    Lion is discontinued. Mountain Lion does not support that model.
     
  10. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    Mountain Lion won't work on the Laptop. He's going need to contact Apple.
     
  11. stevep macrumors 6502a

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    It sounds from your OP that you're just taking a precautionary measure, so maybe your MacBook is working ok at the moment. Assuming that's the case the first thing I'd do is make a bootable backup of the drive and keep it somewhere safe. (that would be separate to any normal weekly/monthly backup you may already be doing).
    Next I'd look on eBay to see if there are any copies of Lion available (I think I remember them being sold on usb sticks).
    Failing that a dvd retail copy of Snow Leopard could get you out of a fix if you were really up against it.
     

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