cannot load os onto empty hd

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  1. MacHappytjg macrumors 65816

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    so my hd had nothing on it and i want to put os x 10.3 on my iMac and my dvd broke is there a possiblity of getting osx on it with a external dvd and it does not have firewire
     
  2. squeeks macrumors 68040

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    umm...they DO make USB dvd drives...here have your pick

    but if you're talking about your g3, you're outta luck im afraid
     
  3. MacHappytjg thread starter macrumors 65816

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    oh no i have a external already it doesnt let me boot on it so oyea i just killed my g3:(
     
  4. slapguts macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry to say, a G3 won't boot from USB. FireWire drives only.

    Might be easiest to replace the optical drive. What kind of external drive do you have that lacks FireWire? Buy a new FireWire equipped external drive, load up your OS, and then return it? Kinda shady, but its a solution.
     
  5. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    And the iMac G3 350 doesn't have Firewire, so you can't do a Target Disk Mode from another machine ...
    About the only way I can think is to physically remove the hard drive, install it in a USB or Firewire case, and use another iMac which has a DVD to install onto the hard drive, then transplant it back into the machine.

    But really, it's doubtful its worth the effort. Apple doesn't officially support OSX on this machine in any case, and the machine is worth relatively little. Reinstalling OS9 may be the best way to go.
     
  6. MacHappytjg thread starter macrumors 65816

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    dont worry about it i killed it and scraping it
     

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