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transfering systems

I have a powerbook with tiger on it and another powerbook with leopard on it. I have the leopard system backuped on an external hard drive. If I pluged the tiger into the external drive and copied it would the leopard system upgrade the tiger system? I hope that makes since...........
Thanks for any help

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Makes perfect sense, but

it would not work.

I may work if the backup was actually a clone of the other drive though.

Normally on a backup, the system files are not copied.

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Even if it did work

Even if it did work, there would be issues with the license. You're not allowed to just install copies of OS X onto as many systems as you want. Unless specifically stated otherwise somewhere on the packaging, it's one copy per system.

Given you have to have the Mac hardware as well, Apple doesn't really have to be quite as paranoid about piracy as Microsoft, so there aren't things like serial numbers (except on OS X server) or activations, but that still doesn't mean you can just copy an OS from one system to another.

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