9 Replies Latest reply: Dec 17, 2012 1:39 PM by babowa
bart232 Level 1 Level 1

Need to wipe out HD but don't have the install disk? I want to sell my Macbook Pro 15 inch. I have the orginal disk it came with but it's leopard and I have seens then upgraded to Lion. Now I can't find Lion and the install disk (leopard) tells me you can't you this disk. So does ANYONE out there know anyway I can work around this???

 

I have tried the recovery HD by rebooting (holding down opiton and R) but it dosn't do anything but restart the comptuer.

 

Am I doing something wrong?

  • tzbikowski Level 4 Level 4

    Reinstall your computer with Snow Leopard - original disk-  and it is ready for resell.

    You cannot resell your Lion OS as it is under your Apple ID and you cannot resell it.

  • babowa Level 7 Level 7
    expertise.ipad
    iPad

    First, if you purchased Lion at the app store, the license is not transferable - it is forever tied to your Apple ID. So you can't sell the machine with Lion on it (there is no install disk for Lion anyway). You do need to reinstall the original OS so the buyer can purchase Lion with their own Apple ID.

     

    As for your problem with the install disk - you do need to boot from another disk in order to erase your hard drive. Have you tried to insert it and then go to System Preferences > Startup Disk > select it and then hit restart?

  • bart232 Level 1 Level 1

    How do I reinstall leopard off my disk?

  • tzbikowski Level 4 Level 4

    1. Make backup - if you need it.


    2. restart computer with C key held and Leopard OS in optical drive

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1544

  • babowa Level 7 Level 7
    expertise.ipad
    iPad

    After you boot from the disk and immediately after the installer goes through the language selection, you will see Utilities in the menu bar. Go to Disk Utility, choose your internal drive, and hit erase (for safety sake, I'd suggest doing a 3x pass of writing zeroes - find it under Options); when the erasing is finished (be prepared to wait for several hours depending on the size of your drive), then it will automatically reinstall the OS.

  • bart232 Level 1 Level 1

    AWESOME!!!!!! Thank you!!!!! The very last question. Do I have to sit here and babysit it? Meaning will it time itself out?

  • tzbikowski Level 4 Level 4

    once you erased the drive as babowa mentioned and started the install you can leave it for approx 1 hr - or longer if you wish - it will install itself.

  • bart232 Level 1 Level 1

    THANK YOU!! You were a big help!!!

  • babowa Level 7 Level 7
    expertise.ipad
    iPad

    I see you got your question answered - when the erase is done, you do need to click on install (if I remember correctly - haven't used a disk in quite a while). After that, it's automatic.