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

LMN_O

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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?
 

CoastalOR

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LMN_O

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

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

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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?
 

barbu

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