I bought a new hard drive for my 2011 MacBook Pro and did the following steps:

  • Backup using Time Machine
  • Replaced the hard drive
  • Put in a Snow Leopard DVD (10.6 from ~2009)
  • Booted holding down the c key

I can hear the DVD spinn for a while but I never get past the Apple logo in the boot, no error message.

Why isn't it working?

  • How old is your MacBook Pro ? Jun 20, 2013 at 9:26
  • It's the first version with Sandy Bridge, from 2011.
    – tidbeck
    Jun 20, 2013 at 9:59
  • Perhaps the DVD is corrupted, or it's not the appropriated DVD (if it came with an specific computer, it will be computer model bound). Try booting holding down Option, and see if the DVD is listed.
    – Thecafremo
    Jun 20, 2013 at 10:03
  • @Thecafremo the DVD was listed. I think the version on the DVD is to old as Matthiue pointed out in his answer.
    – tidbeck
    Jun 20, 2013 at 11:14

1 Answer 1


Your MacBook Pro requires a more recent version of OS X (A least 10.6.6). Mac OS X versions (builds) for computers on Support.Apple.com

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