Restore Mac

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  1. nucklearknight

    nucklearknight New Member

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    I just got a used MacBook off of craigslist and was going to restore it using my friends MacBook disks. Can I do this? Or can the disks only be used with the computers they were issued with? If so how is there a way I can reset the computer to the way it was in the beginning so I can have my name on my home folder instead of the other persons?
     
  2. Raider007

    Raider007 om nom nom nom

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    if you have a retail this that would work better, pop it in and format it and do a clean install...

    the macbook discs should work on other macbooks without much issue if the hardware is pretty close. again, i'd do a format and clean install...
     
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    I want to format and clean install however when I put in my roommates disks I boot into them and hey say "Cannot install OSX onto this computer" or something along those lines. Ever heard of that happening?
     
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    if the computers don't share the same configuration, the disks won't work.

    Find someone with a retail version of OSX and use it instead.
     
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    you should be able to order the discs for your machine from an apple store for a small amount.
     
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    that happens if the hardware isn't the same or if there was basically a major firmware change...

    at work i have some older 10.4 discs that came with our computers, and i can't use them because i believe at the 10.4.6 update, there was a major change and the computer won't accept the discs anymore...

    in your case, it's probably the hardware isn't the same... like mentioned before, see if you can find a retail copy...
     
  7. gui3

    gui3 all the dude ever wanted was his rug back

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    as far as i know, the disks that come with the computers will only work with the same model - macbooks, MBPs, imacs, etc.

    if you get a retail disk, you can use it with any computer.

    i wouldn't be suprprised if you just walked into an apple store, said "i can't get this to reformat" and they did it for you.
     
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    I might try that. There's a mall about 2 blocks walking distance from me with an Apple store in it.
     
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    basically, MB to MB, iMac to iMac, Mac Pro to Mac Pro etc...
    figured it was worth a shot since they were both MacBooks, but not sure how far apart in hardware revisions were.
     
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    If the disk is from the same revision, it'll work, if not, your SOL.
     

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