2007 "Black" Macbook, HardDrive Issue

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Jagle, Jul 31, 2011.

  1. Jagle macrumors newbie

    Jul 31, 2011
    Hey guys, ive a late 2007 black macbook, things ruined.

    got a fan noise louder then a plane from when i dropped it.
    superdrive is nonworking (This is my issue)
    but other then that a fine machine for interneting, light use.

    Anyway heres the problem, my harddrive packed it in, good news is my data is backed up, and i have an old harddrive that works fine, but isnt formatted.

    Now how do i install osx 10.4 from the disks onto the new harddrive?

    I have an old PPC imac, and a brand new macbook pro too.

    would i have to open the new macbook pro, swap the drives and install off that (something im not happy about, opening my new laptop)

    any help or advice be great

  2. DockMac macrumors regular

    Dec 22, 2008
    How-to Fresh Install on New Hard Drive

    It's not too difficult, but takes some time and the right tools. Make sure your new hard drive is compatible (iirc, Serial-ATA, 2.5").

    Here is a detailed step by step of how to do it:

    Here is a summary of the steps that you need to do.
    1) Remove the old hard drive, and install the new one.
    2) Format and partition the drive via Disk Utility (Should be on the Install CD/DVD).
    3) Install the Operation System
    4) Install the Applications
    5) Restore your backup onto the machine.
  3. Jagle thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 31, 2011
    hey im not worried about swappign the macbook harddrive, ive upgraded it before myself, its the fact the cd/dvd superdrive on that macbook is broken, so i cant boot from the cd and run disk utilities and install the os that way
  4. DockMac macrumors regular

    Dec 22, 2008
    Network Install

    I haven't tried it myself, but I think their may be a network install option, via connecting from a wired network. Perhaps connecting the Macbook to one of the other macs via an ethernet cable would work. HTH.
  5. DockMac macrumors regular

    Dec 22, 2008

    I think the swapping HD's might* work, but only with the intel macs. I am not too sure if the PPC Macs used SATA drives. IIRC, they were all ATA.
  6. cesn15 macrumors newbie

    Jul 29, 2011
    I have had a similar issu with an old PowerBook G4. What I did is the following:
    1-Install new hard drive on the MacBook in question
    2-started my intel based iMac in target disk mode
    3-plug it via firewire on the MacBook in question
    4-Insert the Disk that came with the MacBook to the iMac
    5- hold the option key on your MacBook till you get prompted to chose the dvd drive.
    6- Then partiton your drive and install a fresh install of OS X
  7. Jagle thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 31, 2011
    this sounds perfect, would this owrk over firewire 400/6pin to 800/9pin?
  8. cesn15 macrumors newbie

    Jul 29, 2011
    If u have the correct cable I don't see why not.
    I am glad I can be of help. Whatever you need just let me know
  9. innocentsheep macrumors newbie

    Aug 27, 2007
    Is it possible to make a bootable USB from the Tiger discs? If you could, that might be the simplest way. If not, probably best to go the firewire route.
  10. cesn15 macrumors newbie

    Jul 29, 2011
    It would definitely be possible if it's an Intel MacBook. Going with firewire works for both PPC and Intel based Macs.

    If you use disk utility to mount the disk image on a USB drive, but am not sure if this process infringements any Copyright Laws.

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