3 Replies Latest reply: Sep 28, 2013 3:35 PM by Klaus1
TerraStu Level 1 (0 points)

My question is:

Does anyone out there know if any Leopard install disks bring a MacBook back to life after a teenager erased the hard drive?  Or are these programs specifically made for each individual machine?  I know the iMac disks won't work on a MacBook,, but does each set of disks have a code for the original hardware in the unit?


What I get is a flashing folder with a question mark in the center.  I loaded the install disk1 from my iMac and was able to pull up the Disk Utilities.  It then goes back to sleep.  Not sure why this child thought it would work without the original disks on hand, but teenagers think differently than most.

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.4.4), No installation discs - erased HD
  • Niel Level 10 (298,427 points)

    The disks which originally shipped with a Mac are specific to that model. Retail disks will work on any Mac which is older than that OS version and meets the system requirements for it.



  • TerraStu Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks Niel,

       I tried Tiger 10.4, but it won't take it.  That's why I'm wondering if any Leopard 10.5.4 would work to bring this back to life.  My other alternative is bite the bullet and take it into an Apple store.

        Maybe he did more damage than I think..

    Is there any way to know exactly what disks would bring this MacBook back to life?

  • Klaus1 Level 8 (47,745 points)

    If you are in the US call Apple Customer Support 1-800-767-2775, provide the Serial Number and specifications of the Mac, and for a reasonable fee, they will supply a replacement set of system discs (if available).


    The discs will be for the original version of the OS that was pre-installed when the Mac was manufactured.


    If you are in another country: