Install Snow Leopard From External Disk Drive?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Cronogenesis, Aug 29, 2009.

  1. Cronogenesis macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2009
    Hello to all you lovely people, I've been a long time lurker on these forums and you've helped me out numerous times when my computers decided to stop working.

    I got my Snow Leopard disk in the post today but unfortunately my disk drive in my Macbook Pro seems to finally be well and truly knackered.

    I should be able to borrow a usb/firewire disk drive from a friend, so would I be able to install ok from this external drive, and is there anything I would need to mess around with to make it work?

    Sorry if this has been answered a thousand times before, or doesn't even seem like it needs answering to most people, but after the hell my macbooks been causing me today (especially with forgetting how to eject the dvd once ive inserted it) and trawling to unsuccessfully find an answer, any help or sound advice would be much appreciated.

  2. adamk77 macrumors 6502

    Jan 6, 2008
  3. Cronogenesis thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2009
    Thanks for the link, seems like it will help down the line of things :)

    Just need to try and work out how to get my macbook to read the disk in the first place (it does it 1/100 times so might have to be sheer persistance, or find an already ripped copy from certain shady places.
  4. adamk77 macrumors 6502

    Jan 6, 2008
    If that's the case and if you already have the retail disk of Snow Leopard, you may just want to download the GM copy from the internet.

    I think Google is enough to help you find a ripped copy. The one that's floating around on the Internet is the exact same thing that's on the retail DVD. As you already have a copy, no guilt involved :)
  5. DTphonehome macrumors 68000

    Apr 4, 2003
    I had a similar problem... my MacBook's drive spit out the Snow Leopard disc, and did the same with any disc I tried. I assume it's fried (haven't used the drive in years). So, after trying many different things, I eventually tried imaging the DVD to a firewire HD i had lying around, and the install started up without any hitch.

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