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Can I use someone else's install disc to boot up?

2065 Views 2 Replies Latest reply: Jan 23, 2009 10:31 AM by Lori August RSS
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Jan 23, 2009 10:07 AM
My disk utility is telling me I need to repair my hard drive and that I need to boot up from the install disc, which I cannot find. I'm told I can borrow someone else's as long as it's for the same operating system. Does anyone know about this and if it's OK to use someone else's install disc?
MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.4.9)
  • Michael Flynn Level 4 Level 4 (3,490 points)
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    Jan 23, 2009 10:14 AM (in response to Lori August)
    Its in that gray area, since you already have a license it should be ok. The only issue you may run into is that the system discs must be from the same exact model, otherwise it will not work. Apple keys them in such away that you cannot use the systems disc from another computer. For instance if you try to boot up your MBP from someone else's iMac (or even MacBook) system discs, it will give you an error.

    Long term solution is to call Apple they will send out a new set of system discs for you. If you cannot wait, try your local apple store, the genius should help you.
    MacBook Pro 2.53GHzG4 Cube, Mac OS X (10.4.7)


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