OS X Installation on 2006 MacBook without Recovery Discs

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

  1. dc213 macrumors newbie

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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