OS X :: Install Snow Leopard With Broken Optical Drive In MBP?

Sep 27, 2010

So my optical drive in my MBP will read single layer DVDs but not dual layers. I am currently running 10.5 and my end goal is to have 10.6 (snow leopard) on my MBP with a clean install. Problem is, my purchased copy of 10.6 can't be read by my MBP. Here is my thought process: 1st Option: Use the Remote Install OSX application to use another drive on my network. So I boot up the program on other macs in my house, restart my MBP while holding down the option key. Yet, my airport network never shows up on the white apple loading screen (just Macintosh HD). So I can't get the remote drive stuff to work.

2nd Option: Use an external HDD. Problem is is that I didn't know you have to have a blank partition for this. I have a 1TB WD External HDD with 18gigs free, but in order to make a partition, I would have to erase the drive first (am I correct on this?) I can't lose this data, and I don't have another external HDD. So is my only other HDD option to buy like a USB 16gig thumb drive (or really really cheap external), partition it with snow leopard dmg on it, and install with that?

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OS X :: Broken Optical Drive / Remote Install Snow Leopard

Aug 31, 2009

My macbook's optical drive doesn't work so I was hoping to find a way to remotely install Snow Leopard. I've got the most recent Leopard update. I could really use that extra six gigs!

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MacBook :: Install Snow Leopard With Broken Combo Drive

May 16, 2010

I've been searching but I can't find anywhere where my specific problem is answered. Short version: Does Remote Disc work in Tiger (10.4.11)? Long version: I have the following:

Macbook running 10.4.11; busted DVD drive
PC running Win7 w/ Firewire port
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I'd like to get Remote Disc running on my laptop and install over the network (using my Win7 PC). I've done the terminal hack which is supposed to enable Remote Disc on MacBooks. However, Remote disc doesn't show up in my finder (not sure that 10.4.11 has a place for it to show). Does Remote disc work with Tiger-Macbooks? Or do you need Leopard? If Remote Disc won't work, can a Win7 PC install Snow Leopard via firewire to a Mac? If possible, I'd like to avoid buying an external DVD drive, as it appears Remote Disc will work in Snow Leopard. Don't have a firewire cable on me but I could buy one -- just want to be sure it will work before I waste the money.

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Jun 3, 2012

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Jul 2, 2012

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Mar 6, 2009

Clearly there must be a way to do this, right? Can I install off an external hard drive? Off a USB drive? Share my macbook pro's DVD drive somehow? If the hard drive on the mac mini is completely reformatted and I plug it into the USB port on the external hard drive which I partition and install the Leopard DMG would it be able to boot off of it?

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Software :: Snow Leopard Install Crashed On MBP With Broken Superdrive

Sep 23, 2010

So, I have an old Mac Book Pro (circa 2006) that had become sluggish and old, so I wanted to completely reformat it and use it purely for Logic Mainstage.

The superdrive stopped working about a year and a half ago, so I wirelessly (a not so great idea, I now realise) connected to my iMacs superdrive and began installing Snow Leopard. However, the install crashed 3/4 of the way through and now the MBP shuts itself down after spending around 5 minutes on the grey apple/spinning disc logo on startup.

It seems like a lost cause but is there any way to fix this?

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OS X :: Fresh Leopard Install On Macbook With Broken Dvd Drive?

Jun 30, 2009

Hi, I have a macbook with a broken DVD drive (one out of twenty problems I have had with this computer ), and was wondering if it is possible to install leopard without the internal DVD drive? I cannot really afford to replace the slot loading drive atm, nor buy an external usb drive.

Is it possible for me to connect my laptop to my friends iMac running 10.3, and using his computer as an external drive to install leopard?

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How can I get snow Leopard onto my MacBook Pro, when my DVD drive is broken and my MacBook won't start?

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I recently bought the Snow Leopard 10.6.3 cd and was looking forward to the upgrade. I forgot my cd drive is broken. How can I get around this? I tried zipping the file on a friends computer and unzipping on my computer (so I could fit the software on a thumb drive). Not successful.

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Feb 27, 2012

I need to reformat my iMac G5, but my optical drive doesn't work. How can I restore my iMac to factory settings and then reinstall from the purchased discs, Aperature, Final Draft and Final Cut Studio 7? Can I use my Ibook unibody's drive to somehow do this? Desperate to edit footage from my trip to South Sudan for CNN and NBC, and my macbook's screen has a 3 inch black line down the middle (that's another matter entirely!)... hence using the iMac. (Which by the way, has 2GB RAM.) Also, while I'm here, is it easy the replace the optical drive myself? I've successfully done it with my MacBook, but the imac looks like not possible.


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IMac :: Unable To Install Clean Snow Leopard / Instructions To Install On Internal Drive?

Dec 20, 2009

The internal hard drive on my early 2009 iMac is being replaced but I have to reinstall Snow Leopard myself.I did search in MRoogle and at Apple and cannot seem to find instructions on how to perform a clean Snow Leopard install on an iMac internal HD.

Can I do this? And if so how? Or do you think I should try and install Leopard on the existing Hd in the iMac? I still have these discs but have to get the SL applications install disc out of my drive (it's stuck and the iMac won't boot past the blue screen).

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OS X :: How To Install Snow Leopard Without A DVD Drive

Aug 30, 2009

So I have a MBP Early 2008, and the dvd drive has died (still under warranty, just don't want to get it fixed at the moment)

Also have a Mac mini WITH a working dvd drive. Anyway I tried the dvd drive sharing. I can see it on my MBP, even open the disc, but when i double click the install mac OSX icon, NOTHING happens.

So I used toast to make a DMG, and transferred it using my USB drive.

Managed to open it on my MBP , but when I click the icon again, this time it says not supported or some error message.

Any ideas what is going on, or if there is an alternative method I can install ?

The disc works fine on the mac mini, and the installer starts fine (but I am not upgrading that one at the moment)

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Feb 13, 2009

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OS X :: Fresh Install Of Snow Leopard On New Drive?

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I have a MacPro which I've bought a new drive for, and need to install snow leopard. My question is, can i just insert the disk and install or do I need Leopard installed first?.. if that's the case, where do i buy Leopard from as no where sells it anymore.

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I am thinking of buying the new macbook pro with retina display.I do not intend to get and external optical drive.I want to split the hard disk and install a windows 7 ultimate, which I own and have as an CD image ( ISO file ).

how can I install windows from my ISO without burning it into a CD or creating an external drive? is it possible?

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OS X :: Using Install Snow Leopard From External Disk Drive?

Aug 29, 2009

I've been a long time lurker on these forums and you've helped me out numerous times when my computers decided to stop working.

I got my Snow Leopard disk in the post today but unfortunately my disk drive in my Macbook Pro seems to finally be well and truly knackered.

I should be able to borrow a usb/firewire disk drive from a friend, so would I be able to install ok from this external drive, and is there anything I would need to mess around with to make it work?

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Hardware :: Cannot Mount Ext Drive After Snow Leopard Install

Aug 31, 2009

I jacked in my external drive and I get a alias message error. Not sure what to do. Does you have this problem with your external drive?

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My 3 year old MacBook's ComboDrive doesn't work and I was wondering if I could Install Snow Leopard via a shared SuperDrive from a MacBook Pr over Wi-Fi. Is it possible to copy the installer locally and then install Snow Leopard or would I have to get an External SuperDrive?

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MacBook :: Will Snow Leopard Install On A Blank Hard Drive?

Sep 3, 2009

"In addition, it is possible to completely erase a hard drive and install Snow Leopard without a pre-existing operating system in place, enabling users to bypass the possible headaches of an upgrade and go with a clean install instead."

I'm a newbie here but wonder if the above AppleInsider statement is true. I installed Snow Leopard over my existing Leopard w/out a hitch. Earlier OS X retail DVD versions clearly distinguished between "Install" and "Upgrade" - correct?. I'm confused where I read Snow Leopard required an existing OS (Leopard or Tiger) to install. It appears Snow Leopard is a "full install" DVD?

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May 10, 2012

My Macbook pro has just had a new 500gb hard drive in it and osx snow leopard had not been put on it because i never got a disk when i bought it. It still comes up with the grey screen with the flashing folder which i think would be normal because there is nothing on the hard drive. How do i install OSX Snow Leopard back on it the cheapest way possible?

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My Macbook pro has just had a new 500gb hard drive in it and osx snow leopard had not been put on it because i never got a disk when i bought it. It still comes up with the grey screen with the flashing folder which i think would be normal because there is nothing on the hard drive. How do i install OSX Snow Leopard back on it the cheapest way possible? and easiest.

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Oct 24, 2010

I have a MacbookPro6,2 (mid 2010). I replaced my optical drive with an OptiBay 500GB hard drive before I realized I wanted to do bootcamp. So, I did a lot of searching and found that I would be able to install windows 7 onto my bootcamp partition using Parallels 6 (from an image of the retail windows 7 disk). The install from parallels was successful so I used parallels to install the bootcamp drivers to the windows partition.

However, when I try to boot to the windows partition, it starts up, displays the 'starting windows' message w/ the windows icon then BAM--Blue Screen of Death flashes on for less than a second and the machine restarts. I can't even read what the error is, thats how quickly it restarts. I also searched the partition looking for the BSOD error log but no log was generated.

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MacBook :: Missing Install Disks / Optical Drive

Jul 30, 2010

So I'm trying to upgrade an older MacBook from an 80GB hard drive to a 250 GB hard drive and from 1 to 2GB of RAM. Easy things to upgrade, done it dozens of times before.Here's the catch; I don't have the original install disks in my possession and need to upgrade this by next week. Also, the optical drive is totally fried but I don't want to replace it. So, is it possible to do this without having to buy an external optical drive/without the original install disks?

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How can I do this? I have an iMac G3 @ 333Mhz with a broken CD Drive. I have a retail panther box with all of the disks. I have a MBP if that helps. Do I need to buy a new drive?

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Jun 17, 2012

My old macbook has a broken optical drive inside it. The one that came with it has quit working and the genius at the genius bar said it needed to be replaced. The genius said to get an external one online so I bought the Amazon basics external dvd drive. How to install it and get it to work.

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Software :: Reinstall Mac Os X Install Disk Using External Optical Drive

Jul 28, 2010

Im trying to reinstall my mac os x install disk using a samsung external optical drive. My super drive is jammed so i purchased a samsung on amazon. When i put the disc in i click on it to open it and the option install mac os x and bundled software. So i click it and a screen pops up saying click on the button below to restart and start your installation. The problem is when the mac restarts the installation doesnt start. All that happens is the screen that gives me the option to install mac os x and bundled software pops up. So what do i do, i click it and once again im on the screen that says click on the button below to restart and start your installation.

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