Macbook needs OSX boot repair...but dvd drive broken...what now!?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by WillMak, Jan 27, 2009.

  1. WillMak macrumors 6502a

    Jul 29, 2005
    Hey guys I had to cold boot my macbook after a freezeup. Everything runs fine except disk utility showed a verifying disk result of "needs repair." Unfortunately my dvd drive is broken. Is there anyway for me to boot it from the CD with a broken DVD drive? I have a iMac at home to if there is anyway to use its drive to bootup my macbook....
  2. MattyK macrumors 6502a


    tried it via FW?
  3. WillMak thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 29, 2005
    Does FW mean firewire? I don't have nay external drives.
  4. uicandrew macrumors 6502a

    Jan 19, 2006
    hm, do you have any large usb drives? try putting the OS on a usb drive and boot from it.
  5. WillMak thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 29, 2005
    put the OSX on an external hard drive? how do I do that? Jsut drag all the icons into the external from the cd?
  6. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Feb 12, 2007
    Neander Valley, Germany; just outside Duesseldorf
    Download the free Carbon Copy Cloner and clone your internal drive to the external USB2 drive (which will take a few hours). Reboot with the USB drive connected and as soon as you hear the chime press and hold the option key. When the boot volumes show on your screen, use your arrow keys to select the USB drive, then boot from that. After booting, you can launch Disk Utility from the USB2 drive and do the repair to your internal drive.
  7. JediMeister macrumors 68040

    Oct 9, 2008
    Pretty sure you can use Disk Utility on a drive mounted through Target Disk mode. As long as you have a non-unibody MacBook (black or white plastic), connect the iMac to the MacBook with a FireWire cable, and boot/restart the MacBook holding down 'T'. After the FireWire symbol starts blinking around the MacBook screen launch Disk Utility on the iMac and select the MacBook's drive which should have a orange/white icon. Run your repair operation and then eject the MacBook drive (drag to Trash) before holding down its power button to turn it off. Disconnect the cable and try booting the MacBook.

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