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    Rod Sprague's Avatar
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    Jun 12, 2011
    Melbourne, Australia and Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
    MacBook Pro OS 10.10.2, iPhone 5s iOS 8.2, 4th Gen iPod touch iOS 5, Apple TV 2, iPod Classic 80Gb
    Repair OSX 10.6.5
    I have a friend running OSX 10.6.5 on a 2010 Macbook. She has never updated her OS or run permissions repair or disk repair. Naturally she no longer knows where her original instal disks are. Her computer is now running so slowly that it is almost unusable.
    She does not want to upgrade her OS due to compatibility issues.
    My question is can I boot her laptop with my old OSX 10.6.6 instal disk just to run Disk Repair in Disc Utility or should I try downloading Onyx for 10.6 and run that? I will do a time machine backup first as I have a spare USB hard drive I can lend her.

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    pigoo3's Avatar
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    May 20, 2008
    2011 13" MBP 2.3ghz, 8gig ram, OS 10.7.5
    Why not just do a free upgrade to the final version of Snow Leopard (10.6.8)?

    It is also possible to purchase a retail Snow Leopard install disk:

    Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard - Apple Store (Australia)

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    Member Since
    Dec 11, 2010
    Starting in Safe Mode does a Repair Disk operation.
    Mac OS X 10.6: Starting up in safe mode

    But, you also need to look at how much free disk space she has. 20-30 GB is often required for normal operation -- less than that results in slowdowns.

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    harryb2448's Avatar
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    Nov 28, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    iMac i5 2.7GHz, 16GB memory, OS 10.11
    Rod I would suggest she update as Nick suggested using the Combo Updater which will go over everything and then show her how to run Repair Permissions. Next question would be how much memory?
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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