How to Reload OS on Mini Server with no Superdrive

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Wicked1, Jun 14, 2011.

  1. Wicked1 macrumors 68040

    Wicked1

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    Ok thinking of buying a Mini Server Refurb from Apple, but do they give you a USB key with the os and Applications because I do not have an external USB DVD Drive?
     
  2. hitekalex macrumors 68000

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    Nope, it comes with DVD. You need to find another computer with DVD drive or an external drive to rip an UBS install key.
     
  3. pacmania1982 macrumors 6502a

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    Or find another machine and use the Remote Mac OS X installer. Even if its a Windows machine, put the Mac OS X install DVD you get in a PC and then install the software from there. It will enable you to share the optical drive out over your local network

    pac
     
  4. LucasLand macrumors 6502a

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    buy an external drive on ebay. i bought an apple external superdrive on ebay for $30
     
  5. OllyW Moderator

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    Here's the instructions for Remote Install Mac OS X.
     
  6. hitekalex macrumors 68000

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    I wouldn't bother with Remote Installer - it's too painful and slow. If you already found a machine with a DVD drive - just rip a USB thumbdrive. Much less painful.
     

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