How to reinstall OSX without CD drive?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by absynthetic, Dec 23, 2010.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    So I recently decided to revive the ole Powerbook by replacing the hard drive, and I even found the original CD it came with. However, when I turn it on, the CD won't load into the slot, I think it's broken.

    I do, however, have an external hard drive and another mac, so I was wondering if there was another way of loading the OS onto there via firewire or something?
     
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    McGiord

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    If the Mac supports target disk mode with a firewire cable you can connect it to other Mac and it will be seen as an external HDD.
    Put your portable in Target Disk Mode while booting holding the T key.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    How do I install the OS on it from there though?
     
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'm not sure how to get it from the CD to the new hard drive even if it's loaded in target mode
     
  5. macrumors regular

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    Okay Many years ago I downloaded a DMV of 10.4. I mounted the image on my main computer and transfer all the to a external FireWire drive. Plugged it into my g3 and booted from the FireWire drive and it started the install.
     

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