Restore OS X Leopard without original install disc?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by SkaSocks, Apr 14, 2013.

  1. SkaSocks macrumors member

    Jul 1, 2012
    Belfast, Northern Ireland
    Hey all,

    I have a 2008 13" Black Macbook that I'm hoping to finally part ways with. Only problem is, I want to perform a wipe it clean and reinstall OS X Leopard and I can't find my original install disc.
    I've had a look online and can't seem to see anywhere to buy it. I could swear I saw it on the Apple store recently, and for cheap too, but now it seems to be gone.
    My question is, what is the best way of going about this? Can I buy an OS X Snow Leopard disc and perform a clean install from that, or does it have to be the original OS that shipped with the machine? And then...what? How do I restore it to factory settings?

    Any help would be awesome. Thank you in advance.

  2. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    You can only reinstall Leopard on the machine with its restore discs. The retail version is too old. I suggest getting Snow Leopard for $20 from Apple and installing that.
  3. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    Buy the Snow Leopard disk.

    Boot off the Snow Leopard disk.
    Use Disk Utility to erase the drive in the Mac.
    Install Snow Leopard.
  4. Duff-Man macrumors 68030


    Dec 26, 2002
    Albuquerque, NM
    Duff-Man says....if you contact Apple they should be able to sell you restore discs for your specific model for a nominal fee ($20 IIRC). This *may* be the better method if you're planning on selling the computer as not only can you then pass the discs on with the sale but the new owner can decide how and if they wish to upgrade. In addition, the Snow Leopard disc will only contain the operating system where the computer-specific discs will have the iLife apps (and whatever else) shipping with the're new buyer *may* want that as well....oh yeah!
  5. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    Here's one more suggestion to consider buying the Snow Leopard DVD, and installing that instead...
  6. benwiggy macrumors 68020

    Jun 15, 2012
    Ideally, when you sell a Mac (pre-Lion OS 10.7), you should include Apple installer disks for the OS with it: the original disks that came with the machine, if you still have them, and also any disk for subsequent upgrades.

    If you do buy either replacement Leopard disks for that machine, if available, or a retail Snow Leopard disk, then you need to include that with the sale. Buying a Mac without installer disks is contrary to the licence, as the seller with the disks is technically still the licencee, who has made an unlawful copy on someone else's Mac.

    It's probably easier to get Snow Leopard, and makes for a more attractive purchase.
  7. Drew017 macrumors 65816


    May 29, 2011
    East coast, USA
    It would be more worth it to just buy Snow Leopard and do a clean install (probably just wipe the disk using Disk Utility and then do an install) ;)
  8. jacbec macrumors newbie

    Feb 16, 2013
    What if I need Leopard to run a critical program that only works with Leopard? It's called "NUD to iCal."
  9. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    See post #4
  10. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    Agree with others who suggest installing Snow Leopard from the Apple DVD...
  11. betaclone macrumors newbie

    Sep 19, 2007
    My optical drive doesn't work

    I'm selling my old MacBook Pro to an online refurbisher. It's running 10.6 and I don't care about installing a newer version. I just want to wipe the drive before I send it to be scrapped for parts. Even if I had an install disk I couldn't use it because of te non-functional optical drive. Any options?
  12. endlightend macrumors member

    Nov 5, 2013
    External optical drive through the USB, unless you made a prior backup and have access to the installer.dmg

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