How to install Mac OS X Tiger without a DVD/CD; My Combo drive is out of order

Discussion in 'macOS' started by neomartian, Dec 6, 2007.

  1. neomartian macrumors newbie

    Nov 24, 2007
    Hi guys!

    My combo drive is out of order. Its not reading any DVD/CD and I'm in need to clean install my Mac OS X Tiger. To add to my woes, I don't have an external DVD drive but I do have an external HDD. Is there a way I can copy the image of the DVD on my external HDD and run a setup from there? Help needed please!
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    You can only copy the image if you are willing to wipe the external drive (to do this use disk utility to image the DVD then restore that to the external drive). Easier is to use another Mac and boot the one you want to install Tiger on in target disk mode.
  3. Iamtherealwoody macrumors 6502


    May 28, 2007
    Gainesville, Florida
    If you can create a new partition on your external drive you can copy the image onto it, then declare that partition as the boot partition.

    Thats what ive done with leopard, just incase something happens to the DVD
    heres the instructions I followed verbatim, it only works on a firewire drive though.
  4. bigandy macrumors G3


    Apr 30, 2004
    using disk utility you can 'restore' the DVD image to your external drive directly too, without wiping the disk (just don't tick the 'erase source' box).


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