4 Replies Latest reply: Nov 20, 2012 6:21 AM by G-Houet
G-Houet Level 1 (0 points)


I'm changing my almost saturated 160 gigs HD in my 2009 MacBook for a 500 gigs,  but I lost the Mac OS X installation CD (still have the app CD, though...)

I'm currently running Snow Leopard 10.6.8

Some posts indicate I can bypass the original CD and use my Snow leopard CD, some other posts suggest ordering a new original CD from Apple...

I'm a bit confused with all the different answers....

Can someone point me in the right direction ?


Thanks in advance,


MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • John Galt Level 8 (45,978 points)

    If you bought the retail Snow Leopard DVD you can use it to install Snow Leopard on your replacement HD.

  • G-Houet Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi John,

    thanks for the quick reply!

    So to resume:

    -if I backed up on Time Capsule

    -if I have the original app DVD and retail Snow Leopard OS DVD


    I'm basically equiped to proceed in changing out my HD and retreive all my data from Time Capsule ?


    sorry if I'm a bit paranoïd, a great deal of my life relies on this little machine !



  • John Galt Level 8 (45,978 points)

    G-Houet wrote:


    I'm basically equiped to proceed in changing out my HD and retreive all my data from Time Capsule ?


    Oh, slightly different question...


    If you were to ask if you can retrieve all your data from a disk connected directly to your Mac (USB or FireWire, for instance) the answer would be yes.


    However, I am uncertain about the exact procedure for restoring from a Time Capsule. You can try this yourself before changing your hard disk though.


    Start from your Snow Leopard DVD, and when the Mac OS X Utilities screen appears, choose "Restore from Time Machine backup". See if it finds your Time Capsule, and presents you with a list of backups from which to choose.


    If so, cancel that restoration and exit, since you confirmed this will work. You can then proceed with your hard disk replacement with the confidence that you will be able to restore your previous system. In this case there is no need to install a new copy of OS X. Simply restore from your Time Machine backup instead.

  • G-Houet Level 1 (0 points)

    Found my original DVD, but can't find the Snow Leopard now....

    I guess I'll never know about the last suggestion !

    Thanks a lot for everything,