How to Install Snow Leopard without a DVD drive

Discussion in 'macOS' started by optophobia, Aug 30, 2009.

  1. optophobia macrumors 6502a

    optophobia

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    So I have a MBP Early 2008, and the dvd drive has died (still under warranty, just don't want to get it fixed at the moment)

    Also have a Mac mini WITH a working dvd drive. Anyway I tried the dvd drive sharing. I can see it on my MBP, even open the disc, but when i double click the install mac OSX icon, NOTHING happens.

    So I used toast to make a DMG, and transferred it using my USB drive.

    Managed to open it on my MBP , but when I click the icon again, this time it says not supported or some error message.

    Any ideas what is going on, or if there is an alternative method I can install ?

    The disc works fine on the mac mini, and the installer starts fine (but I am not upgrading that one at the moment)

    Thanks

    PS., I have my software on Leopard, with all updates.
     
  2. Jolly Jimmy macrumors 65816

    Jolly Jimmy

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    Have you tried using Remote Install Mac OS X?
     

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  3. optophobia thread starter macrumors 6502a

    optophobia

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    thanks i am going to try that now
     
  4. Bobacus macrumors newbie

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    Something else you could try is using disk utility to restore the dvd image to a partition on the usb drive, and then boot off that partition on the usb drive.
     
  5. optophobia thread starter macrumors 6502a

    optophobia

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    Tried the remote install and it won't even find the wireless networked mini.

    Next up is to try your idea.
     
  6. optophobia thread starter macrumors 6502a

    optophobia

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    Worked like a charm. I REALLY appreciate your help. Thank you very much.
     

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