Can you install OS X on another computer while in Target Disk Mode?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by ravenvii, Jun 6, 2008.

  1. ravenvii macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    Melenkurion Skyweir
    I have two Macs. One of the Macs has a broken optical drive. Can I install OS X on it using Target Disk Mode (connect the Mac with the broken optical drive to the other Mac, boot it up in Target Disk Mode, then boot the other Mac with the installation DVD, and choose the other Mac as a installation disk)?

    If not, is there any other ways?
  2. matthutch macrumors regular

    Jul 26, 2004
    Perth, Western Australia
    I did this very thing not more than 2 weeks ago, so yes you should be able to without too much trouble. You may run into trouble if one machine is Intel and the other PPC as I don't think you can Target disk mode one into the other (please correct me if I am wrong though).

    I did it using Leopard Server as the machine it was going on had no optical drive (currently residing in another PC).
  3. BrownPlopz macrumors regular

    Feb 25, 2008
    Behind you, I'm your shadow...
    Actually, it still works if one is Intel and the other is PPC. As for if it works with installing OS X, I'm not sure, but you can for sure connect with target disk mode.
  4. 0007776 Suspended


    Jul 11, 2006
    It does work for installing OS X. I installed leopard on my powerbook with a broken optical drive by putting the disk into my mac mini, booting up the mini into target disk mode and connecting it to the powerbook. The powerbook saw the disk and let me install from it.
  5. iHerzeleid macrumors 6502a


    May 5, 2007

    The simple answer: yes.
  6. Sthsdbz macrumors newbie

    Aug 5, 2010
    Can you do the reverse?

    I have an old emac with a broken optical drive which can't boot but will go into disk mode. My new iMac doesn't like the idea of installing OSX onto it...

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