Can I Use My iMac Optical Drive In Place Of Macbook Drive?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by JPM42, Jul 7, 2010.

  1. JPM42 macrumors 6502

    Oct 21, 2007
    So I have a Macbook (late 2008 model), and the optical drive essentially went bye bye. If I put a disc in, it will have trouble recognizing it and then it will eject out. Anyways, last night, I did some maintenance on OnyX and it said that my volume needs to be repaired. Even Disc Utility failed to finish and said that the "filesystem verify or repair failed."

    The short of it, I need to put the Leopard disc in there and do a disc repair. However, is there a way, via firewire, where I could actually use my iMac's optical disc drive in place of the Macbook and connect via firewire, then do the disc repair? If so, what would be the specific way to do this?

    Your help is greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  2. mathcolo macrumors 6502a

    Sep 14, 2008
    I'm quite certain that if you put the iMac into Target Disk Mode (hold the T key at startup) and then insert a disc in, the disc will mount as a regular disc on the MacBook, with which you can then boot from.

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