HDD wont boot, can I install Leopard on an External Drive? What about a replacement?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by iphonenotify, Aug 15, 2009.

  1. iphonenotify macrumors newbie

    Jan 28, 2008
    First off let me say I have a first gen MacBook Air 1.6GHz with an 80GB HDD.

    Ok, so basically my laptop got dropped in its case and I went to the Apple store and they said the HDD was broken, which was what I suspected. I took it out and shook it gently to see if it made any noises. It did not. So it may be temporarily fixable, I don't know. Anyway, now my Air just has the Folder icon with the question mark. I tried a remote install of Leopard, but seeing as the disk is broken, that did nothing. I wanted to run disk utility on my Air, but obviously I have no operating system so this cannot be done.

    I was wondering if it was possible to put Leopard on an External drive using only Windows and the Install disk that came with the comp. That way I could boot from an external drive and see what I can do from there.

    I also would like to know what options I have for a new drive, I searched around a little and figured that the best bet would be to buy a used 160GB iPod Classic for around $100, which uses the same drive.

    Do you have any tips/advice/corrections for me? I would just like to get my laptop working again. Data recovery is my last priority.

    Thanks a Bunch!!!

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