Installing OS on iBook with no DVD?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Maury, Jan 3, 2011.

  1. Maury macrumors 6502

    Mar 25, 2008
    I have a clamshell iBook (not sure which model) with what appears to be a non-functional DVD drive. Is there any way I can install off of some other media? I'd like to zero it and re-install... its still a perfectly good web surfer.
  2. davidlv, Jan 3, 2011
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2011

    davidlv macrumors 65816

    Apr 5, 2009
    Kyoto, Japan
    Use the info from the About this Mac item in the Apple Menu and MacTracker (freeware) to determine what model it is and what CPU it has. Check out the CD or DVD capability too. The media drives in that old model were CD-ROM only (firewire equipped models had DVD-ROM too) so they could read/write to CDs only and were not able to read from a DVD. The latest OS they could use was Panther 10.3.9.
  3. OllyW Moderator


    Staff Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    The Black Country, England
    Years ago I installed Tiger on my old iBook using FireWire target disc mode from my G5 tower.
  4. Rreini macrumors newbie

    Feb 7, 2008
    Westland, MI
    What davidlv said is true for the oldest clamshell iBook models. Ones that have Firewire can indeed take advantage of Target Disk Mode and can run Tiger (10.4.11).
  5. Maury thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 25, 2008
    Sorry for my tardy reply everyone. This is very helpful, I'll get to work on this today.
  6. Maury thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 25, 2008
    Ok, it is definitely a 1st gen machine "Special Edition", with a CD only. It already has 10.3.9 on it. There's no FireWire on it.

    The original owner split the drive into several partitions. My goal here is to re-form these into a single logical drive. Preferrably I would like to wipe the drive completely and re-install. I'm preparing to give it away.

    Any suggestions?
  7. California macrumors 68040


    Aug 21, 2004
    You can get Tiger on CD. I may have these discs somewhere. PM me and I might sell them to you.

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