Installing off DVD with no DVD drive

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by mmmdreg, May 22, 2004.

  1. mmmdreg macrumors 65816

    mmmdreg

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    Say I have a solitary blank harddrive in my computer, I have the original installer dvd for the computer, but only a cdrw drive in it, how would I go about installing an OS? I have an iPod also if that makes any difference..

    it's also on a network if that makes a difference..
     
  2. flyfish29 macrumors 68020

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    Are you sure the drive doesn't play dvd's? Apple's combo drives have played DVd's for quite a while so you might check. IF you put the DVd in the drive does it show up? Do you have an OS that comes on a DVD? I think all the OSX discs are Cd's...I think they have to be as they are installable on computers without DVD drives?

    I think I read where iLife O4 might have come on DVD...maybe that is what you mean. You can't install unless you have access to a DVD drive somehow either through the network on another computer or on a separate drive. If you do have access that way then someone else can probably take you through the steps to doing the install that way...I don't know exactly how myself.

    Good luck,
    Johnny
     
  3. Wes macrumors 68020

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    Some macs do come with DVD installers now, but they usually only come with models with a DVD drive. :confused:
     
  4. Horrortaxi macrumors 68020

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    If your Mac came with the restore disks on a DVD, then you have a DVD drive. If you don't then call Apple because they made a mistake. However, I think the only Mac left that doesn't read DVDs is a special education store only iBook.

    This DVD doesn't happen to be blue on the bottom, silver on top, and say something like "Memorex" or "Sony" on it, does it? I think we're not getting the whole story.

    Let's say that you did have something on a DVD that you wanted installed on a non-DVD computer. It happened to me with iLife 04. I wanted GarageBand on my iBook but I only have a CD ROM. I used another Mac to copy the GarageBand package to my iPod, then copied that to the iBook.

    You're stuck without another Mac with a DVD drive though. Find a friend with one or find a Kinkos and pay to use one there.
     
  5. flyfish29 macrumors 68020

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    LOL!

    At least it wasn't his "friends" computer and DVD issue.

    "Yeah, I have this friend who has a DVD 'copy' of an OS..." :D
     
  6. mmmdreg thread starter macrumors 65816

    mmmdreg

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    aiish -_-" or perhaps my computer came with a DVD drive and a 3rd party cdrw with the former not functioning? yes I do know OSX comes on cd's and the restore discs were dvds. Anyway, thanx all for your *wonderous* help. I just shoved the new HD in a different computer, installed, and pulled it back out again.. nothing wrong with that eh?
     
  7. flyfish29 macrumors 68020

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    Two things didn't let us know there was two drives in it...the word SOLITARY and ONLY A CDRW DRIVE IN IT. ;)

    Glad to hear you got it figured out as well as the fact you are not bootlegging something. :D

    Johnny
     

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