Restoring original OS X

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  1. James83448 macrumors regular

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    I am selling my old Macbook and I'm having a bit of trouble trying to install the original version of OS X that came with the Macbook.

    I'm not 100% certain what version it came with. I believe the Macbook is a 5,2 but can't be 100% certain of that either as I've wiped the boot drive, so can't get into "About This Mac".

    I was running Yosemite on it when I was using it, but when I try to install that using a USB installer, it asks for my Apple ID (which I don't want to use).

    I believe Internet Recovery would install the original version of OS X, but the Macbook I'm selling is too old to use Internet Recovery?

    How can I restore the original OS X onto the Macbook please?
     
  2. Richdmoore macrumors 65816

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    Check your box and other stuff for some gray dvd's, that is what apple used pre internet recovery.

    BTW, you have to use the grey disc specific for your model.
     
  3. James83448 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I bought the Macbook second hand 2 years ago and it came with none of the original packaging, nor discs.
     
  4. redheeler macrumors 603

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    The Apple ID is used to download Yosemite, but it doesn't remain behind after the install.
    You're out of luck unless you can track down some restore disks for your model.
     
  5. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    My advice:

    Forget about installing "the original OS", if you don't have the original DVDs.
    (Aside: there are -other- sources to obtain old copies of Apple software, if you know where to look and don't mind using them...)

    Instead, just install a "good, working" OS (perhaps the one you're currently using?)
     
  6. James83448 thread starter macrumors regular

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    That was quite a cryptic response there Fisherman.
     
  7. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    A MacBook5,2 would have originally shipped with Leopard (OS X 10.5.x)
    You can still purchase a Snow Leopard DVD (for 10.6) from the online Apple store for $20.
    That might be a purchase that will help you sell the MacBook more easily.
     
  8. \-V-/ Suspended

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    You need to do a clean install of Yosemite. This means booting from the USB ... selecting Disk Utility ... reformatting your entire drive ... and then installing Yosemite. It won't ask for your Apple ID if you do it this way.
     
  9. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Just reinstall Yosemite. As redheeler mentioned, entering your AppleID just allows the download and does not tie your AppleID to that machine in any way.

    So if you still have Yosemite on there, just command-r boot to recovery and use Disk Util to erase Macintosh HD then reinstall. At the end of the install when the setup process starts, just power down.

    Just tell the new owner to be sure and login to the App Store with their own AppleID and "purchase" Yosemite so it will be available under their AppleID should they ever need to reinstall.
     
  10. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    They do not need to 'purchase' anything when they start using the machine.
     
  11. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Read what I said. I said they should "purchase" (free) Yosemite so if in the event they ever want to reinstall it will be available under their AppleID. There is nothing incorrect about that statement, so I don't understand your point?
     
  12. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    They would 'download' not purchase. To purchase implies cost.
     
  13. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    Weaselboy remains correct. Even free software is "purchased", and would then show up in the App Store under, yes, the Purchases tab. And, it is listed under your AppleID account as a purchase, even though there is no cost.
     
  14. Weaselboy Moderator

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    ...and that is why I put "purchase" in quotes. But I suspect you knew that.
     
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    Good thing we're arguing over the semantics of downloading and purchasing from the App Store.
     
  16. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    While I admit to being overly pedantic here, I suspect that you do need to "own" the system software, if the Mac did not actually ship with that version, just to satisfy the terms of the software license.
     
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    It's free. You don't need to "own" it under some strange licensing regulations because as soon as you use your Apple ID with the Mac, you're allowed to download the entire OS for free, regardless of what the Mac originally came with.
     
  18. James83448 thread starter macrumors regular

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    So when I reinstall Yosemite from USB, and enter my AppleID and password (no way to skip it), then the AppleID and password are not saved when the install finishes?
     
  19. redheeler, Jul 18, 2015
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    redheeler macrumors 603

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    That's right, it's only used to download Yosemite.

    Edit: Make sure to erase the drive in Disk Utility before you install if you haven't already done so.
     
  20. \-V-/ Suspended

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    Dude... if you boot from the USB... and use Disk Utility to wipe the entire drive... and THEN install Yosemite... it won't ask for your Apple ID.
     
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    \-V-/ is correct; I've done clean installs from USB multiple times and have never been asked for an Apple ID.

    My USB drives were created by using the createinstallmedia tool.
     
  22. James83448 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I did wipe the drive after booting to the USB Yosemite installer and it asked for my Apple ID.

    My installer was used with createmedia also
     
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    You have to wipe the entire drive, not just the sub-partition.

    [​IMG]
     
  24. James83448 thread starter macrumors regular

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    No problem. :)

    Even though using your Apple ID to restore is okay ... I get super paranoid about it as well. The reason it asks for your Apple ID when you just format the sub-partition is because you're still leaving the purchase history of the OS on the remaining partition, which I believe is the Restore partition. Just make sure to tell whoever purchases it from you to associate their Apple ID with Yosemite by downloading it themselves from the Mac App Store. They don't even have to fully download it. They can just start the download then cancel it. That way if they have to use the Restore partition, they can now put their own Apple ID in.
     

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