Resolved How to reinstall OS on MacBook Pro 1,1 w/non-working optical drive?

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  1. LMN_O macrumors newbie

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    I've got an old MacBook Pro 1,1 (2 GHz Intel Core Duo) with 10.6.8 on it. I'm looking for a way to wipe the drive and re-install 10.6 so I can sell or give this thing away, but the internal dvd drive won't read DVDs.

    How can I run Disk Utility to wipe the drive, and then get a fresh OS install on it?

    Options I've already shot down:
    - Internal optical drive. As mentioned, it's not working.
    - USB SuperDrive attached to the MacBook Pro. The SuperDrive works only w/Macs built after 2008. Connected it anyway just to see – no go.
    - Target disk mode. Works only over Firewire or Thunderbolt. MacBook Pro 1,1 doesn't have Thunderbolt. I don't have access to another Mac with Firewire.

    Any ideas?
     
  2. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

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    Bootable USB installer? That should work when all else fails.
     
  3. CoastalOR macrumors 68000

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  4. cruisin macrumors 6502a

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    If for whatever reason the USB installer doesn't work, there is a thunderbolt to firewire adapter.
     
  5. LMN_O, Oct 24, 2016
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    LMN_O thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks, all! I'll start with the USB installer option.

    Edit: And the USB installer did the trick. Thanks!
     
  6. Floris macrumors 68020

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    When you start it with an empty drive, doesn't it notice and then ask you to install it over the network?
     
  7. Bruno09 macrumors 68020

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    This will not happen with an "old" Macbook Pro.

    Only with ~2010 models or newer.
     
  8. Floris macrumors 68020

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    Is there a list somewhere so I know which models can or can't do this?
     
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  10. barbu macrumors regular

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    this is a helpful tool for accomplishing the task:
    http://diskmakerx.com
    Note that you will have to download Sierra from the Mac App Store.
     
  11. Bruno09 macrumors 68020

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    Nope.

    DiskmakerX does not work with Snow Leopard.

    OP want to reinstall an "old" Macbook Pro 1,1, Snow Leopard is the maximum OS for this machine.

    A bootable USB stick will do the job.
     
  12. barbu macrumors regular

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    oh poop, mark me zero for reading comp...:oops:
     

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