Macbook Pro - OS X install from external DVD

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by shriphani, Sep 4, 2010.

  1. shriphani macrumors newbie

    Nov 19, 2008
    West Lafayette, IN and Choa Chu Kang, Singapore
    Hello everyone,

    I am in the worst possible situation here. My early 2008 MBP's superdrive decided to not read DVDs and I hence cannot boot from the Snow Leopard DVD. In addition to that, Onyx and Disk Utility say that I need to format my HD (I mucked around with partitions while kicking a Linux distro out of my computer). So, can the MBP boot from an external USB DVD drive? Can anyone recommend a cheap drive for me?

    I can't believe this machine's DVD drive died in 2 years. That is just unacceptable. I watched only 2 movies using the DVD player in the entire time I owned this laptop.
  2. Kenndac macrumors 6502


    Jun 28, 2003
    I can't recommend any in particular, but Macs can boot off pretty much any USB device that uses "standard" storage techniques — hard drives, flash drives, optical drives, etc. Any USB optical drive should be fine.

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