Need help with mac os reinstalling

Discussion in 'macOS' started by necrox, Dec 12, 2010.

  1. necrox macrumors newbie

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    Hi,
    I have iMac g5 with dead superdrive, and I need to reinstall mac os x leopard.
    How I could do it? I mean, is there way to install from usb stick?
    I have asus x50n laptop with windows vista inside, maby some how I could use it's dvd rom to my imac?
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    Yes, you'll need to create an iso disk image from the install disc and from that you can boot off the usb stick and install OSX.

    You'll still need an optical drive to read the install disk to create the iso disk image.
     
  3. necrox thread starter macrumors newbie

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    But in some forums users says that ppc mac's does not boot from usb, is it right?
    I wanth buy a usb dvd optical drive, will imac boot from it?
     
  4. Mal macrumors 603

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    If you're looking for an external optical drive, definitely get one with FireWire for that iMac. The alternative that was mentioned was using the optical drive on a PC to make an image that could be used from a flash drive, but again, since it's a USB source, it's tricky at best to get it to boot from it. A FireWire hard drive or optical drive will be your best bet probably.

    jW
     
  5. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    That is my understanding. Booting from USB drives is a feature of Intel-based Macs, not PPC-based Macs like yours.
     
  6. davidlv macrumors 65816

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    Check out OWC's web site, replacement Optical drives are really cheap,
    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Pioneer/DVR118LBK/
    Pioneer drive for 36.99 US.
     

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