HOW TO- Install OS X from a .ISO image on my Windows PC...

Discussion in 'OS X' started by hookahco, Mar 27, 2006.

  1. macrumors regular

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    Recently, I had a problem with my Mac- I think my hard drive is dead. (see http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=2218986)
    I dont have my OS X install CDs because I lost them while moving, but I remember making a backup copy of them on my Windows comp in the form of a .iso disk image. My question is how can I use that backup file to intall OS X onto a new HD in order to get my Mac running again. Any help is very much appriciated... I've been on a Windows box for THREE WEEKS now and its been hell... I still tend to hit the upper right corner of the screen to see all open app windows...

    Thanks a lot for any suggestions.
     
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    liketom

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    if you already have an ISO file just burn it and see if that works

    Nero should do it
     
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    the file is like 3.3 gigs...
     
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    liketom

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    yep it's called a DVD-R :D

    if you do not have a DVD-RW drive time to get and external off someone
     
  5. thread starter macrumors regular

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    the superdrive on my mac is broken, too... Ya, I know.. I have a problem
     
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    Can you put the .iso on an iPod, and boot from that ?
     
  7. macrumors 6502a

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    Burn it to a CD using Nero or whatever else you have for burning CDs on your PC, and then insert the CD into your Mac, and hold down the C key while booting.
    That brings up the date and related menu in Mac OS X. Sure it's been three weeks? Or has it been six years? What are these ISOs of, Mac OS X Server 1.0?
     
  8. macrumors 68000

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    Most unhelpful post evar!!! ;)

    He's got a broken Superdrive and Tiger install is on a DVD not a CD.
     
  9. macrumors 68000

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    BTW hookahco. You have a couple of options here. I believe that a Mac can boot off a USB DVD drive or a Firewire one. Perhaps you know someone that has one you can borrow?

    Otherwise I think you may be a tiny bit F.U.C.K.E.D. Sorry!
     
  10. macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry, missed the DVD part. I suggest substituting the word "CD" with "DVD" in my comment. Did he say he's installing Tiger?

    Still confused about the "I still tend to hit the upper right corner of the screen to see all open app windows" thing though.
     
  11. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thats one of my Exposè hot corners...
     
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    forget it im gonna buy a secondhand copy of OS X (10.3 or 10.4) and have it installed on a hard drive.. Anybody that has a copy for sale.. PM me.
     
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    Install the .iso onto an external FW HD like someone else suggested and then use that HD to install OS X onto your Mac using a program like Carbon Copy Cloner.

    If you dont have a external HD already, this is very good reason to buy one.
     

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