4 Replies Latest reply: Mar 7, 2012 11:11 AM by sesmitman
sesmitman Level 1 (0 points)

Had to replace Hard Drive in Macbook (Intel) Was running Lion w/ Time Machine. Now am back to 10.4.11, cannot find Leopard Disc to reinstall.

Cannot find Leopard download anywhere on Apple site. Must upgrade OS in order to re-install my Time Machine backup since

10.4.11 doesn't support any of the later apps etc.--Can't get to iTunes store to re-load Lion because iTunes won't upgrade either. Is there

another way to work around? thanks

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.7.2)
  • Klaus1 Level 8 (47,745 points)

    Leopard has never been available for download, it had to be purchased. If you have lost the installer DVD you will have to buy another, if you can find a black retail version on Amazon or eBay.


    (Grey update disks are machine specific and will not work.)

  • sesmitman Level 1 (0 points)

    thanks -- don't quite know how to get back to

    Lion which I already own and had loaded before I

    had to replace Hard Drive. Cannot get into iTunes to

    reload Lion since w/ 10.4.11. (which is the OS now loaded) has

    iTunes software 7 & won't upgrade w/o Leopard--so I'm

    stuck --- can't re-install from Time Machine for the same

    reason.  Maybe it's time for a trip to the

    Genius bar!!

  • Limnos Level 8 (47,200 points)

    In order to have Lion on there you very likely (almost had to have had) Snow Leopard (which is higher than Leopard) on there first which would have involved a SL disc. Do you still have that?  You do not need to go Tiger (10.4) --> Leopard --> Snow Leopard --> Lion.  In fact it would surprise me if there wan't some way to install Lion directly since new computers don't come with any installer discs, but you may need to ask on the Lion forum about re-installing Lion if that's what you're trying to do.

  • sesmitman Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks again ---glad to have you confirm my

    thought that it shouldn't be necessary to go thru

    all those steps to get back to Lion-

    am concerned however that w/o newer

    OS (L or SL) it may not be possible to download

    Lion from iTunes Store--

    Will chk out the Lion forum.