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  1. #1

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    May 18, 2008
    Setting up a new hdd from a Time Machine Backup without the Installation Disc?
    Long story short. My hard drive crashed. Thankfully I backed it up with Time Machine. I purchased a new hard drive. I need to set this new drive up from my Time Machine Backup. But I don't have my installation discs. Am I screwed?

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    Oct 22, 2007
    Mac Mini Core i7 2012 | White 2009 MacBook 2 Ghz | 733 Mhz G4 Quicksilver
    How old is that mac and is it under warranty, and what version of OSX was it running
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    Mar 09, 2011
    mbp 15 2009, mbp 13 2010
    Here is a link to restore from time machine without installation disk
    How to restore data from Time Machine | Macworld

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    May 18, 2008
    luishen, its a 2009 model. Not under warranty.

    ycl1688, thanks for the link. I read it earlier this morning and it doesnt apply to my problem. The new drive doesnt have an operating system on it. Which is needed to access the utilities folder as explained in the article. And I cant put an operating system on it without the install disks.

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    Jan 23, 2008
    Keller, Texas
    2017 27" iMac, 10.5" iPad Pro, iPhone 6s+, iPhone 7+, Numerous iPods, High Sierra
    Give Apple customer service a call and order a retail Snow Leopard 10.6.8 DVD from them. I understand they still have them in stock but the supply is limited so call now. The disk will cost $29.99. Without an install disk and since there is no operating system on the hard drive you have no way of recovering from Time Machine.

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