I have a black Macbook. It currently has Ubuntu installed on it and does not have OS X. If I buy Snow Leopard will I be able to reinstall OS X?

Need to know if I buy Snow Leopard if I will be able to get it installed on a computer that no longer has OS X. Is this just an upgrade or can it be used to reinstall the entire OS?

  • Asked about:  Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

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    If your MacBook is Intel-based with at least 1GB of memory, you can install Snow Leopard.

    Any Snow Leopard retail disk will do a clean install, but you may need to follow some extra steps with the $29 disk since "Erase and Install" may not be automatically present.

    When you start up from the install DVD (press "C" during start up), you will have two options: "Utilities" and "Continue".

    Select the "Utilities" button (there may be a reboot in order to run from the DVD). In the new screen that appears, under the "Utilities" menu, select Disk Utilities to format your hard drive (or partition) that Snow Leopard is going on to. When you have finished formatting, QUIT from Disk Utilities, and the installer will then complete the installation of Snow Leopard. (Note: be prepared to wait several minutes when the system reboots during installation as it copies and sets up all the files.)

    I haven't tried setting up separate boot partitions for Ubuntu and Snow Leopard, but I normally keep several boot partitions with different versions of the Mac OS in case I have an app that needs an older OS. (Simply press "option" during startup to switch boot partitions.)