OS X Installation on 2006 MacBook without Recovery Discs

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by dc213, Nov 7, 2011.

  1. dc213 macrumors newbie

    Nov 7, 2011
    The hard drive on friend's 2006 MacBook recently failed and needs to be replaced. Unfortunately he no longer has the recovery discs that shipped with it and he never created a backup (I know...he's an idiot). He's ordered a new internal drive which I'm going to install. My question is, how can I install OS X onto the new hard drive without the recovery disc that shipped with his MacBook? Can I use the recovery disc that came with my Mac? Can I use my Snow Leopard disc to do a clean install?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    The grey recovery disks that ship with Macs are model-specific and will not work on other models. You can either call Apple to order replacement disks, or use a retail disk.
  3. MagicBoy macrumors 68040


    May 28, 2006
    Manchester, UK
    No. They are model specific. You'll get a "Cannot be installed on this machine" message if you try and use it.

    Assuming :
    1) it's retail and
    2) the MacBook has at least 1GB of RAM then yes.

    It would however not be legitimate as the machine would not be licensed. I would suggest your friend purchases a retail copy of Snow Leopard.
  4. minifridge1138 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 26, 2010
    You can use a snow leopard disk.

    Unless you have the same make/model MacBook your restore disk won't work.

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