Where to find LION OS X

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  1. darksilentsiren macrumors member

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    I have a mid 2009 macbook pro 17, and I'm trying to reinstall my computer but theres no previous OS X other than high sierra. i had to sell my new touch bar for an old laptop for money. So now I'm trying to reinstall my macbook cos of issues.

    My iTunes has running rainbows and i don't know what to do to fix it. Apple chat told me to reinstall OS X so yeah here i am
     
  2. TheColtr macrumors 6502

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    Honestly your best bet is to try to find a disk of Lion. Or flash drive with it on it. You may be able to go into recovery on your Mac, but depending on the age of your Mac, and the version it’s running you may or may not be able to reinstall lion from recovery. So like I said try to search amazon or eBay for a flash drive or disk of lion. Otherwise you may have to hit the torrents and download a copy of lion from there, but torrent would be a last resort.
     
  3. EugW macrumors 603

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    I believe you have MacBookPro5,2. If so, don’t waste your time looking for Lion. It is obsolete. If you’re going to look for something, look for 10.11 El Capitan.

    Or perhaps even try installing the unsupported 10.13 High Sierra, which supposedly works fine on that model after patching.

    http://dosdude1.com/highsierra/
     
  4. jwolf6589 macrumors 65816

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    Get OSX El Capitan.
     
  5. ZapNZs macrumors 68020

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    Do you have a recovery partition available? If not, IIRC there is a tool for the older MBPs that did not ship with this partition to create it. You could create the recovery partition (or use the existing one) to reinstall the OS.

    IIRC, Apple still sells the Lion install DVD, although this is probably not necessary for your usage.
     
  6. redheeler macrumors 604

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    Get OS X El Capitan by following the instructions in this article.
     
  7. Fishrrman macrumors P6

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    OP:

    As others suggested, I would also recommend El Capitan.

    But... if you still have the original platter-based hard drive in the MBPro... replace it with an SSD, either 250gb or 500gb.

    The drives are cheap, the replacement process is easy, the performance increase will be MORE THAN substantial.

    Can be done in 15 minutes with the right tools.
    Go to ifixit.com to see what's involved.
     
  8. darksilentsiren thread starter macrumors member

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    I have 1TB storage on this macbook pro. How much is a 500gb SSD? is a storage the same as SSD?or if i get SSD will I lose my 1TB storrage?
     

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  9. Hater macrumors 6502a

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    You can buy a caddy, remove your CD drive and run both hard drives if you'd rather the 1TB drive as well as an SSD.
     
  10. darksilentsiren thread starter macrumors member

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    Can you help me out with some links of what/where i can get it? can i take it to a shop for them to install it in for me?
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    Dont know much about the proper SSD or caddy, first time on these things lol
     
  11. EugW macrumors 603

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    For the SSD, you can get a Samsung 850 EVO, and for the caddy, OWC sells them.

    Do you really need 1 TB though? If so, you could theoretically get a 1 TB SSD, and that would be around $300-350 US. I actually think that is the better solution than getting say a 256 GB SSD plus 1 TB HD. If you take out the optical drive, you lose the optical drive functionality of course, and the swap is not as simple as just swapping the HD for SSD. Plus, you'd have to get the caddy from somewhere.
     
  12. darksilentsiren thread starter macrumors member

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    I think Im gonna just do that, save up for just that. Cos if i do the caddy-way it's extra move of unnecessary steps i feel like. Saving up that 400$ for the 1TB SSD is better route, and thank you so much for the name and where to seek it :)
     
  13. Fishrrman macrumors P6

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    OP:

    I wouldn't spend the money for a 1tb SSD for an old Macbook.

    I'd get a smaller SSD (as I mentioned above).

    I'd also get a 2.5" USB3 enclosure.

    Then, take the 1tb HDD out and put it into the enclosure.

    Now you have TWO drives...
     
  14. EugW macrumors 603

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    Well, the thing is with these Macs is you can easily remove the drive at will. It's not like installing a drive into an iMac of that era, where it's a big hassle to install it, and a big hassle to remove it. With the 2009 MBP it's like 5-10 minute job to remove a drive.

    The hardest part is just having the right screwdrivers.
     
  15. darksilentsiren thread starter macrumors member

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    what are the right screwdrivers? do you know?
     
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