Broken Hard Drive and CD Drive

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by marddin, May 27, 2009.

  1. marddin macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2009
    I've had my white macbook for a while now and my hard drive has given out as well as the cd drive.

    I plan on purchasing a new hard drive and installing it then using my Leopard OS cd to install the OS onto the new hard drive, problem, my cd drive is broken.

    Should I go buy a external CD drive, use it once, then return it? Or find someones to borrow? Would using an external USB cd drive work to install the OS onto the new hard drive?

    Any responses would be appreciated. Thanks.
  2. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    If you are under warranty get Apple to fix your DVD drive.
  3. marddin thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2009
  4. Dimwhit macrumors 68000


    Apr 10, 2007
    An external CD drive would work. Do you know anyone else with a Mac? If so, pop the CD in their Mac, boot it to firewire target mode, and mount it to your computer (assuming you have a firewire port). Or if you have access to another Mac and an external hard drive, make a disc image of the install disc and install it from the external hard drive.
  5. DJ-Amal macrumors newbie

    Jul 2, 2009
    Can you do this using an ethernet cable instead of firewire?
  6. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    No, you unless you have a net boot server and Mac OS X server already set up.

    A decent DVD-Burner would likely be an OK investment compared to the cost of an internal slot loading drive.

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