Macbook Pro OS X install with no CD drive

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Frozt, Jul 24, 2011.

  1. Frozt macrumors newbie

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    My best friend bought a new laptop today and gave me his old Macbook Pro to try and fix, if it was possible. Figured it was a better idea than giving it to Best Buy to dispose of. Now the problem I'm having with his Macbook is, he was trying to get rid of Boot camp, and it forced him to do a system restore, where his installation discs were needed. We have both discs, though I don't remember how we got as far as needing disc 2 for the restore, because his CD drive is busted. So I was hoping there was a way to use either my windows 7 laptop, or my external hard drive to some how install the OS (currently says "Please insert Mac OS X disc to to continue with the installation"). Key thing is, I can't get passed this screen in order to use disk utility like everyone keeps telling me.


    All in all, Is there a way to install the OS (disc 2 of OS X) using my win 7 laptop, or my external hard drive?
     
  2. ayeying macrumors 601

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    You have to create an image of the 2nd disk onto an external hard drive then plug it in + install through there. However, you still need a Mac to do this.
     
  3. hehe299792458 macrumors 6502a

    hehe299792458

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    I have found flash drives work better than ext hdds, but the principle is the same
     
  4. ayeying macrumors 601

    ayeying

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    Really? I found external hard drives to be faster then flash drives. Maybe I have really old flash drives.
     
  5. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

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    k here is what you need to do.

    1.Find a different machine other than the one you want to install w/ windows or mac.
    2. Download the dvd or cd sharing setup/update for your platform
    windoze : http://support.apple.com/kb/DL112
    mack: http://support.apple.com/kb/DL113
    3. Insert the disk into the remote box
    4. Eat bacon. Everything should have a step for bacon.
    5. After you insert the disk on mac open /Applications/Utilities/Remote Install Mac OS X. ON windoze choose "Remote Install Mac OS X" from the Install Assistant.
    6.Choose the install disc you want to use, and click Continue.
    7.Choose a network connection: AirPort, if you are using an AirPort network, or Ethernet, if the other computer is on an Ethernet network and you have an optional Apple USB Ethernet Adapter connecting your MacBook Air or Mac mini to the same network. Click Continue.
    8.Restart your MacBook Air or Mac mini and hold down the Option key as it starts up, until you see a list of available startup disks.
    9.Click Continue in Remote Install Mac OS X.
    10.If you chose AirPort as your network in step 5, on your MacBook Air or Mac mini choose your AirPort network from the pop-up list.
    11.If the network is secure, you will be prompted for a password. You can enter a private network name by choosing the ellipsis (...) and typing the name.
    12. If you chose AirPort as your network in step 5, when you see the AirPort status icon indicating signal strength, click Continue in Remote Install Mac OS X.

    Linx :
    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2129
    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1777?viewlocale=en_US

    Oh and let me know if this works LOL.
     
  6. Frozt thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'll be trying this out right now, but I wanted to make sure you knew how much I appreciated the step on bacon. Hahaha. Will post back hopefully from the fixed Mac.
     

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