Macbook Pro - OS X install from external DVD

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

  1. shriphani macrumors newbie

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    West Lafayette, IN and Choa Chu Kang, Singapore
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    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

    Kenndac

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    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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