New Hard drive, no original disk to reinstall operating system

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by jbassal, Nov 20, 2010.

  1. jbassal macrumors newbie

    Nov 20, 2010
    I had a black mac book and the hard drive stopped working, got the grey screen with a flashing folder question mark, which i heard was a common problem with the black macbooks specifically that are about 3 years old. I'm in china right now so i couldn't go and get it fixed for free, so i got a new hard drive installed, but i don't have my original disks that came with the computer to reinstall the operating system. The shop installed a pirated version but they say it'll only work now while the disk is in the computer, and that if i buy new authentic software it'll be the same case, do i have to get my original software mailed from home or is there a way around this?
    much appreciated
  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    You could get Snow Leopard for 29 USD, it is a working retail version.
  3. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    If you get a legit copy of snow leopard, you will not need to leave the CD in after installation
  4. jbassal thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 20, 2010
    thank you for your help, i'll buy a new os, also, they installed a hitachi hard drive, is this a problem, does your internal hard drive have to be apple?
  5. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    Apple does not make hard drives; they buy them from various suppliers. It doesn't matter who makes the drive.

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