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    Please help!! Installing new internal hard drive with no Restore Disks

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    Unhappy Please help!! Installing new internal hard drive with no Restore Disks
    My macbook's hard drive crashed this summer and I just finally got a new hard drive. I should have looked into it more but had been told it was really easy.

    First of I don't have a Torx T8 screwdriver. which i need to get the case off my old hard drive and onto my new one. first problem. which should be fixed if i go and buy one.

    but the biggest problem is I do not have restore disks. I bought my mac from a used PC store that sold it to me cheap cause no one wanted to buy a mac (silly people) so not only do I not have restore disks, my disk drive doesn't work either.

    so what I want to know. where can i get restore disks. is that something i can download? also can i make a disk image on a flashdrive or external hard drive that i could plug in and restore my hard drive and programs?

    please help!! I can't afford to have someone do this for me so im stuck wandering in the dark figuring out how to do this.

    thanks.

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    Please help!! Installing new internal hard drive with no Restore Disks
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    How about telling us the year and model of your Mac? Also, which version of OS X is it running? No one here has any idea of which restore disks you need until you provide the info.

    Also, you can not download a restore disk, you'll have to purchase it. And if your optical drive is not working you'll probably need to buy an external USB drive to do the install.

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    Please help!! Installing new internal hard drive with no Restore Disks

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    Well the best I can tell it is a 2006 model number A1181. Just a macbook. one of the plastic white ones. I probably sound horribly illiterate not knowing more about my computer. but I bought it used with no information about it and I have just used it since then. My ex boyfriend was the one that always installed and fixed things on it for me. I'm not sure what version of OS X it was running. I do know it was only a 60 gig.

    Do I have the option of putting what ever version of OS X I want onto it? Or does it need to be the same as I had before?

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    Please help!! Installing new internal hard drive with no Restore Disks
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    It appears your MacBook is a 2006 Core 2 Duo machine which originally had Tiger (OS X 10.4.8) installed on it.

    Since both Tiger and Leopard are expensive and hard to find a retail copy, my advice is to purchase a copy of Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6.X) from Apple on line for $29.99 and use it to install.

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