imac help

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  1. carlo4153 macrumors newbie

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    Hi, I have replaced a faulty hard drive, and was ready to install a fresh os. There is now a problem with the optical drive, to be honest there has always been a problem with it spitting out discs. Rather than going to all the trouble of removing the screen taking out the optical drive, would I be able to boot and fresh install from an imac super drive. Already tried with a standard usb drive, but doesnt boot.

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. Nosferax macrumors regular

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    Can't you just do an online recovery with cmd-R at boot?
    My 2010 iMac as a defective optical drive too, but I've pretty much only used cmd-R to restore it for the last 3 OSX version now.
     
  3. carlo4153 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hi Nosferax

    Already replaced the hard drive, which has now, no os, and my next step was to install from the mac discs. Can i by pass the optical drive on boot, with one of those external usb mac drives.. if i bought one.

    All I have on screen is an empty folder with the question mark icon in, internal optical drive just spits the disc out
     
  4. Nosferax macrumors regular

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    Have you tried holding down the C key while starting your mac?
     
  5. carlo4153 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes tried holding done C key to no avail, all morning yesterday., is their anyway I can boot from USB device.. this doesnt work from a standard CD USB drive, hence why I was asking about the mac external drives
     
  6. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    Yes you can, but you need a second Mac to create a bootable USB first.
     
  7. carlo4153 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    can i do this on a normal mac book? Yjchua95, or does it have to be the same make and model
     
  8. AppleFan360 macrumors 68020

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    Put the CD into the drive and press and hold the option key to see if that works. I don't think it will but its worth a shot.
     
  9. carlo4153 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    that doesnt work, may clone the original drive that was in with the new one
     
  10. Nosferax macrumors regular

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    I can be done on any mac
     
  11. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    Any Mac with a USB port. After all, a Mac is a Mac, and OS X on one Mac is exactly the same as OS X on another Mac.
     
  12. Dopeyman macrumors 6502a

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    This method should work. When you hold down the option key at startup, the USB disc should pop up. Unless the CD that you have isn't a bootable install disc??
     

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