How to reinstall OSX without CD drive?

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

  1. macrumors newbie

    Mar 9, 2009
    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?
  2. macrumors 601


    Oct 5, 2003
    Dark Castle
    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

    Mar 9, 2009
    How do I install the OS on it from there though?
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 9, 2009
    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

    Nov 21, 2010
    Salem, OR
    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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