Installing software over network

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by MarkW19, Jan 10, 2008.

  1. MarkW19 macrumors 65816

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    I'm hoping to get an ultra-slim Macbook if Apple release one on Tuesday, which is rumoured to have no internal optical drive.

    So, I was wondering if it was possible to install from a CD/DVD (Logic Studio, mainly) from my desktop Mac, but installing onto my Macbook's HD over the wifi network? Is this possible? Basically using my Mac's DVD drive and selecting my Macbook's HD as the source drive? Just trying to avoid having to buy the external CD/DVD drive, as I'll have no use for it but to do one-off installs of applications!

    Thanks.
     
  2. notengolegs macrumors member

    notengolegs

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    Just put the CD/DVD into your MacBook and put it in target disk mode. Connect that via firewire to your new computer and there you have it, your own "external optical drive."
     
  3. MarkW19 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    D'oh, didn't think of that!

    So an installer will see a target-mode drive to install on?
     
  4. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    I am absolutely certain any internal-optical-less Mac will come with an external optical drive, included in the price. Also, installing via target mode won't install the proper prefs files in the "right" place - it'll put them on the host machine, not the target-mode one.
     

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