Using Macbook Pro Installation CDs on older iMac?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by mcbg1, Sep 16, 2011.

  1. mcbg1, Sep 16, 2011
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2011

    mcbg1 macrumors newbie

    Sep 13, 2008
    I need to re-format my late-2009 iMac but I've been looking around the house and I can't seem to find my installation CDs. I was wondering if it would be possible to use my Lion installation CDs that came the Macbook Pro I bought last week? If not, what are my other options? Buying a new copy of Leopard or Lion?

  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    No. Restore discs can only be used with the model they ship with. Also, you did not receive Lion installation CDs last year- you probably mean Snow Leopard. You need to buy a retail copy of Snow Leopard or buy Lion via download or USB stick.
  3. mcbg1 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 13, 2008
    Oops, I meant using the installation CDs that came with the Macbook Pro I bought last week, not last year. I guess it doesn't change anything though. I'll keep looking for my CDs, otherwise I guess I'll pay the 30$ to download Lion.
  4. Sc00tr macrumors regular

    May 28, 2011
    If you are running Lion, just use the recovery mode. It will redownload the installation over the internet. It is a big download and will take some time.

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