Upgrading harddrive, install disks missing

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by wankey, Feb 21, 2009.

  1. wankey macrumors 6502a

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    HI all,

    I'm upgrading my harddrive but I can't find my original install disks (they could in my house far far away)

    Is it safe to use a macbook unibody's install disks to install on my early 08 Macbook Pro?

    What are the differences between either install disks? I really just want to get Leopard on there and download the updates from there on forward.
     
  2. plinden macrumors 68040

    plinden

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    You can't use disks that came with another Mac model.

    But, if there's nothing wrong with your current drive (ie. you're replacing the drive with a bigger one, not because your drive is broken) you don't need to reinstall. Get an external enclosure and clone your internal drive to the new one using SuperDuper or CarbonCopyCloner, then switch the drives. You get the exact same install as your original, only in a bigger drive. And you get an external drive for extra storage with your old drive in the enclosure.
     
  3. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

    SFStateStudent

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    Call AppleCare and ask them to send you a new set. They were $17 shipped right to your front door. They'll need your serial number so they can ship you the right discs...
     
  4. sickmacdoc macrumors 68020

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    You got a bargain! My pair was $32 shipped. :(
     

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