how to format ibook g4 hard drive with broken optical drive

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  1. macrumors newbie

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    I have an ibook g4 with a broken dvd rom drive. I want to format my hard drive and the only way i can think of doing this is by inserting a install dvd and going into disk utility. Since I have a broken optical drive, is there another option to format my hard drive? Thanks in advance
     
  2. MacHamster68, Aug 3, 2011
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    OrangeSVTguy

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    Any cheap external USB DVD drive should work too if the previous poster's advice doesn't work for your situation.
     
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    tom vilsack

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    ive never been able to boot a ibook form a external usb dvd..........firewire external dvd would work.
     
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    OrangeSVTguy

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    I've booted many different G3/G4/G5 PPC Macs from external USB DVD/RW drives. Guess not all USB optical drives work then.
     
  6. MacHamster68, Aug 3, 2011
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    MacHamster68

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    i managed never to boot any ppc Mac of a usb dvd drive and i have quiet a few Mac's(16 with usb port) and usb dvd drives , from liteon ,lg ,panasonic and samsung none of them works for booting ,btw the panasonic and the liteon had been internal drives of 2 of my eMac's ( taken out to be replaced with second HDD) neither had i luck with usb hdd's :confused:

    but i did hear that some managed to boot of usb devices on ppc Mac's
     
  7. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    yea i tried an external usb optical drive; didn't work i will try the target disc mode later on today
     

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