Install tiger without DVD drive

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by robla64, May 2, 2011.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    I have acquired an iMac g4 700 with only a cd drive. I would like to install Tiger via a retail DVD. Can I place the DVD in another machine and install via FireWire?
    Thx rob
     
  2. macrumors regular

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    If I'm remembering correctly, there was a CD installer for Tiger. If you could find that, you'd be good.

    I'd suggest getting at least an external DVD drive, though... always good to be able to burn a DVD, even if purely for backup purposes.
     
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    gr8tfly

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    No, but you could do a block copy restore of the install DVD to a small partition on either its drive, or an external HD connected to that machine.

    If the 2nd machine is an Intel Mac, its drive will be partitioned using a GUID map. PPC Macs can't boot to a drive using that map - it must be APM. So, if the preceding is true, you will need an external drive partitioned using APM (in the Disk Utility "Partition" tab, click on "Options..." to set the map type).

    To make the bootable copy on your other machine's HD (or external drive), run Disk Utility and create a small (10GB should be enough) partition formatted Mac OS Extended (also making sure to set APM as the partition map type). Then, use Restore to copy the DVD to that new partition, making sure to check "erase destination" (which enables block copy).

    Start up your other (2nd) Mac using FireWire Target Disk mode (hold down 'T' at startup). Now, when you startup the iMac G4, hold down the 'option', then select the partition you cloned the DVD to on your other machine. You should be able to startup on it, and during install, select the iMac's HD as the install target.

    Hope that's not too confusing - I mixed "other" and "2nd" when describing your not-iMac-with-working-DVD machine. The bottom line is to access a bootable partition on that machine that you can boot off of using that machine in Target Disk Mode, connected to the iMac via FireWire.

    Or, find an external FireWire DVD drive for the iMac. :)
     
  4. macrumors 6502a

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    Wouldn't another option be to use the DVD drive from the 2nd mac in target disk mode, even if the 2nd mac is Intel?
     
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    Hrududu

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    Sure can. I've done it a few times. Just boot the iMac G4 in Target Disk Mode and then install the OS onto its drive from another PowerPC Mac with a DVD drive.
     
  6. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks, I used an intel mac in target mode and it worked great. Now if I could only figure out which version of itunes will run on this imac..... but maybe thats another thread.
     
  7. macrumors 6502

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    iTunes 9.2.1. iTunes 10+ requires leopard.
     

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