How to install 10.4 on Powerbook with broken DVD drive

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by ricgnzlzcr, Aug 19, 2008.

  1. ricgnzlzcr macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2005
    I have a 12" powerbook that is running 10.2 and want to upgrade it to Tiger. The problem is that the DVD drive is broken so I can't pop in my copy and install.

    Is there any way for me to install it using a USB external hard drive?
  2. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    You can get another Mac into target disk mode and use that as an external optical drive.

    You can also restore the image onto a HD, and firewire boot from that.

    Only intel macs support usb boot.
  3. TEG macrumors 604


    Jan 21, 2002
    Langley, Washington
    You could also try to find a Firewire DVD drive (rare) or build one with a DVD drive and a Firewire to IDE adapter.

  4. ricgnzlzcr thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2005
    Well I have a Macbook with a DVD drive but I'm afraid that target disk mode won't work because it's from an Intel Mac to PPC. I'll give it a try though.

    I don't understand what you mean by restoring the image onto the HD. Is that making a copy of the Tiger DVD on my Macbook and try to boot the macbook from that image?

    Yea, I'm trying to to invest more money into the powerbook. Just trying to get it to work with Tiger using what I have. Thanks for the input.
  5. Ripmax2000 macrumors regular

    Aug 31, 2005
    It will work fine, but an you are installing from blank then you need to make sure you partition the drive as Apple Partition Map instead of GUID.
    If you are just doing it as an upgrade then it will all just be ok.

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