Installing Snow leopard without optical drive?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Josephkyles, Aug 28, 2009.

  1. Josephkyles macrumors regular

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    My iMac's optical drive broke a few months ago, and since I can share everything between it and my macbook I've just used the macbook as a crutch for where the iMac's disk drive lacks.

    Is there ANY way for my to install snow leopard on this driveless iMac??

    Thanks,
    Joe
     
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    There are quite a few ways. Do you have an external hard drive?
     
  3. alphaod macrumors Core

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    If you have an Apple Store close by you can bring your computer in and they can help you.

    But you'd still need another computer with an optical drive.
     
  4. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    Re-read the post. He has a MacBook.
     
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  6. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    I went to Best Buy, picked up a new external LG DVD drive on sale, and haven't had any issues.

    Used that drive to boot Snow Leopard and Install it.

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    Just skip all the other steps in the USB thread above and install directly from the DVD drive.
     
  7. After G macrumors 68000

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  8. Watabou macrumors 68040

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    Does anyone know if that method work? My MBP dvd drive doesn't work anymore so I would like to use my brother's Pro to reinstall Snow Leopard...

    And I don't really want to buy another dvd drive just for this purpose.
     

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