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How can I make a 10.6.8 Snow Leopard disk?
Posted by: Ken Sp.
Date: September 14, 2011 01:03AM
OK-just to clarify regarding fair use - We have a brand new-unused Snow Leopard disc, but the retail discs are only 10.6.3.

I am trying to install 10.6.8 on a new(from the Apple refurb store) 21.5" Thunderbolt iMac. They will not boot to the 10.6.3 disc, and it did not ship with any discs since 10.7 Lion was installed from the factory.

Is there a way to take the 10.6.8 from another Mac, or somehow apply an updater to my 10.6.3 retail disc?

Any solutions are welcome.
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Re: How can I make a 10.6.8 Snow Leopard disk?
Posted by: Trouble
Date: September 14, 2011 01:48AM
Why are you trying to install 10.6.8? It should have a recovery partition to boot from. [www.apple.com]
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Re: How can I make a 10.6.8 Snow Leopard disk?
Posted by: Chakravartin
Date: September 14, 2011 01:56AM
> Is there a way to take the 10.6.8 from another Mac, or
> somehow apply an updater to my 10.6.3 retail disc?

Roughly...

Install OS 10.6 on an external hard drive using an older Mac. Boot from that drive. (Hold down the Option key after the startup chime in order to select the external drive as your boot drive.) Perform the OS updates on that drive.

Connect the external drive to your new iMac. Boot from that drive.

Erase the original boot volume on the new iMac. (I strongly urge you to first make a Lion install disc or a clone of the hard drive with Lion. Just ask if you need help doing that.) Then use Carbon Copy Cloner to clone the operating system from the external drive onto the iMac.

...

This should work for the new iMacs and MacBook Pros, but apparently the MacBook Airs require a special build of Lion to boot from.
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Re: How can I make a 10.6.8 Snow Leopard disk?
Posted by: Ken Sp.
Date: September 14, 2011 02:03AM
Thanks Chakravartin,
That makes perfect sense, and I should have thought of that--I was focused on the disk rather than procedures I already know.

I do have a copy of Lion.

Thanks so much!!!!

Trouble---I don't want 10.7 for now for various old software reasons.
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Re: How can I make a 10.6.8 Snow Leopard disk?
Posted by: modelamac
Date: September 14, 2011 07:24AM
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Trouble
Why are you trying to install 10.6.8? It should have a recovery partition to boot from. [www.apple.com]

10.6.8 is Snow Leopard, which does NOT have a Recovery Partition.

10.7.x is Lion, which DOES have a Recovery Partition.



Mr. Curmudgeon, on Mountain Lion.
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Re: How can I make a 10.6.8 Snow Leopard disk?
Posted by: Trouble
Date: September 14, 2011 11:51AM
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modelamac
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Trouble
Why are you trying to install 10.6.8? It should have a recovery partition to boot from. [www.apple.com]

10.6.8 is Snow Leopard, which does NOT have a Recovery Partition.

10.7.x is Lion, which DOES have a Recovery Partition.

Right. The iMac had Lion installed from the factory. He wanted to downgrade to 10.6.8.
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Re: How can I make a 10.6.8 Snow Leopard disk?
Posted by: 3d
Date: September 14, 2011 03:01PM
Thunderbolt Macs/iMacs can run Snow Leopard?
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Re: How can I make a 10.6.8 Snow Leopard disk?
Posted by: Chakravartin
Date: September 14, 2011 03:24PM
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3d
Thunderbolt Macs/iMacs can run Snow Leopard?

Except for the MacBook Airs.

But don't expect it to last long. Apple is supposedly going to update the MacBook Pros this month and it's likely that the updated models will require Lion.
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