Is it possible to download and enter the serial number from the disc I bought at Apple? It's been scratched and won't work.

I purchased OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.3 on disc at the apple store. Unfortunately it was left out and got scratched before I could install it on all my machines. Is it possible to download it and enter my serial code? Or do I have to drive in LA traffic and pay for another copy??


  • Asked about:  Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

2 Answers from the Community

  • Answer

    As far as I know there is no legally available download for Snow Leopard.

  • The DVD does not have a serial number. You may be looking at the part number.

    OPTION 1:

    Buy from the online Apple Store and have it delivered to your home at no extra charge.

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    Note: Unless the licensing has changed for Snow Leopard, when you purchase the single license DVD, it is to be installed on a single Mac (even though it can be installed on many Macs from a single DVD). However, you are allowed several installations to separate partitions on the same Mac. The discontinued Family Pack DVD allowed installation on up to 5 different Macs in a household.
    With Lion and later the licensing changed to allow installation on as many Macs as you have.

    OPTION 2:

    Try creating a DMG image (using Disk Utility) of one of your Snow Leopard installations, and RESTORING to a partition on the hard drive of your remaining Mac(s).