5 Replies Latest reply: Dec 30, 2013 1:35 PM by BDAqua
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I have a Macbook Pro Late 2008 model which was running Mountain Lion (Mac OS 10.6) and for Christmas I received a new hard drive. I backed everything up on my time capsule and installed the new hard drive and now I can't get my original operating system back. The laptop came with OS 10.5.8 (Leopard) and I installed this with the original disk but when I try to restore my back-up from the time capsule it won't let me because the back-up is running a newer version of Mac OS. I can't download Mavericks because Leopard doesn't have the app store. It seems that the only way to do it is to buy a hard copy of Snow Leopard from the apple store and wait for it to be delivered, which is what I'll have to do if there is no other option, but I thought I'd check here first if anyone had any experience of this problem. Unfortunately I don't have the snow leopard disk, I don't remember ever installing snow leopard (I thought I went straight to Lion but it would seem thats not possible without the app store) but I guess I must have borrowed a disk from a family member or something.


Anyone had any luck restoring a newer operating system from a time machine backup? Is this even possible?

MacBook Pro