Installing Snow Leopard with broken disk drive.

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Hector Domingo, Jan 16, 2011.

  1. Hector Domingo macrumors newbie

    Hector Domingo

    May 2, 2009
    Hey all,
    My Macbook Pro's (mid '09) disk drive has unfortunately broken. I've observed this due to it not recognising any CD or DVD that has been inserted since around september 2010.

    I finally decided to convert from Leopard, to Snow Leopard and bought a retail CD from my local Apple Store. Rather stupidly, I forgot about the broken disk drive and have just realised that I can't install from the install DVD.

    Could anyone please help me by suggesting where I could either get:
    A) A digital download, which is activated by the code provided by Apple.
    B) A driver that will help my CD Drive problem. (The CD drive spins up, but it fails to recognise any CD or DVD inserted. It sounds like it's struggling desparately to please, but it just can't work it out :D )

  2. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
  3. McGiord macrumors 601


    Oct 5, 2003
    Dark Castle
    If you have another Mac with an optical drive you can remotely use its drive to install it.
    It seems like is time for you to get a new optical drive:
  4. Mabyboi macrumors 6502


    Apr 23, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
    go "Purchase/Rent" an external DVD drive from your local bestbuy :D, and once updated to snow leopard, if your DVD drive doesnt work then take it to apple for some warranty work!

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