Installing Snow Leopard without Disk Drive

Discussion in 'macOS' started by mbrown5, Apr 28, 2011.

  1. mbrown5 macrumors newbie

    May 29, 2010
    So heres a puzzle for you all. I have a 2007 MacBook Pro with a broken disk drive that only runs CD's but not DVD's. Its currently running 10.5.8 of Mac OS X. Wanting to update to Snow Leopard, I acquired a copy, then tried various methods to use an iMac at my disposal to help me install Snow Leopard onto the pro. After fooling the Mac Book Pro into thinking it was a Mac Book Air to use Remote Disk, failing to find a firewire cable that could tether the MacBook Pro to the iMac, and finally creating a disk image in cdr format using disk utility then copying it to a hard drive to then copy onto the Mac Book Pro, i was still met with a notification saying the cdr must be burned onto a disk for the macbook pro to read. Right back where i started. Any ideas on how to do this without replacing the disk drive?
  2. Jolly Giant macrumors 6502a

    Jolly Giant

    Sep 15, 2010
    Hamburg, Germany
    have you tried the restore feature of disk utility ?

    have a look here.

    this worked quite well for me.

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