replacing hard drive

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by roverguy96, Apr 14, 2009.

  1. roverguy96 macrumors newbie

    Apr 13, 2009
    ive done some searching but havent really found what im looking for...

    im wanting to replace the hard drive in my macbook but i dont have the os disks that came w/ the computer (ive recently moved and theyre beond lost). ive read where apple can send me replacements (i assume id have to pay for them). can i get the leopard upgrade and use that, or it just that, an upgrade and i need osx already on the computer. i dont care about backing up anything, as theres nothing on it of any importance, all my music and photos are on an external hard drive.

    any help would be great....
  2. EricNau Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
    The retail Leopard disk contains the full version of the OS, however, it does not come with the iLife suite or any additional apps that may have come with your computer originally.

    That said, I upgraded the HDD in my MacBook without using my system disks: just the Leopard and iLife disks.

    Hope that answers your question,

    Good luck. :)
  3. kahlil88 macrumors member


    Apr 6, 2009
    Mendocino, CA
    If you have an enclosure for your hard drive, I would suggest cloning. This way you will have an identical system. The best free ones seem to be Carbon Copy Cloner and SuperDuper!
  4. roverguy96 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 13, 2009
    It does thanks

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