Format MacBook Air and reinstall Leopard?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by hogweed, Apr 8, 2009.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Mar 6, 2009
    I've done a search, but couldn't find how to do this, sorry. I want to wipe a MacBook Air completely and install from scratch using the original restore disks. Trouble is... yes, there’s no optical drive. Can I just attach a USB DVD drive (from a PC, not a Mac), hold down C when booting, and proceed as with (say) a normal MacBook?

    Thanks as always...
  2. macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2009
    Westland, Michigan
    If you have a USB DVD drive that works, just connect that and insert the disc. The DVD will show up on your desktop, click it, and install Mac OS X. It'll ask you to reboot, and then follow the instructions based on what you want to do.
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 6, 2007
    Yup, the external optical drive should probably work. Other options are Remote Disc or installing OS X from an external hard drive, if you have one.
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 6, 2009
    Thanks all - I do the "Disk Utilities" - Erase option first. Can I still do that if I start from the desktop? I usually boot off the DVD...
  5. macrumors member

    Mar 11, 2009
    Boston, MA
    you kdont need to do the dick utilities erase option when you boot from dvd and are selecting options to install there is a button on the lower left i think its called options click that and choose the erase and install option.

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