Reformat my MacBook, but lost CD's

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by tarsus.6, Dec 16, 2010.

  1. tarsus.6 macrumors newbie

    Dec 16, 2010
    Hello fellow nerds. ;)

    I lost my silly Disk DVD. I have the ones for my iMac, however they don't work. I get the message (you cannot install os x on this computer).

    What I want.... this computer is about 2 years old. I want to reformat it to square one. Like brand new. I already backed everything up.

    When I called apple, I mentioned I just purchased Snow Leapord.. they said.. no biggy, just install that and it will replace everything back to square one. Well, that didn't work. I still have all my old programs.

    What should I do? Thanks!!:)
  2. tarsus.6 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 16, 2010
    step two says, "Boot from the install disc by holding alt key)

    However I don't have the install disc.
  3. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    What Snow Leopard disc do you have then? You need the retail version or the ones that came with that specific Mac
  4. ZenErik macrumors 6502

    Dec 22, 2007
    Boot with the snow leopard disk. Go into disk utility and reformat your HDD. Then install to that HDD.
  5. tarsus.6 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 16, 2010
    Got it! use snow leapord disk. and follow those directions :) thanks

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