New RevB Air, need help with OS

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  1. billgatesceo macrumors newbie

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    Hi All,

    I just scooped up a refurb Rev B for a steal on Ebay. It isn't coming with any OS loaded. The previous owner had Linux installed on it and I wanted it shipped right away, so I told him to wipe the drive and ship as is.

    I do not have a superdrive, nor do I plan on buying one. What is the easiest way to get snow leopard loaded up on a virgin hard disk? I have a brand new 64GB SSD just waiting to be installed. Is there a network install option? Will any usb dvd drive work?

    Excited about finally getting a mac, just need a bit of help getting started.

    Cheers!

    I found a couple of tutorials about install from USB drive. The issues are:

    1) I only have easy access to windows xp and 7 boxes
    2) I only have a 4GB USB drive. Can I use this method on a USB attached external hard drive assuming that I can find a method to prep it in windows?

    nevermind on my SSD in waiting. It's a 2.5 and not a 1.8. Man do I have a lot to learn.
     
  2. pvmacguy macrumors 65816

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  3. gerabbi macrumors regular

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    I have a generic Asus dvd/cd usb drive and it works with my MBA. I installed SL and everything went according to plan. It should work with yours also. There is a way to restore a dmg and have a usb thumb drive act as a dvd but I believe you need a Mac already to do that. Good luck.:)
     
  4. still in school macrumors 6502

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  5. billgatesceo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    $650. missing magsafe adapter. comes with best buy 1 year warranty.
     
  6. ayeying macrumors 601

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    If you have another computer, copy snow leopard or leopard, the dvd onto an USB flash drive or a partition on a USB external hard drive, then boot off of it. OSX allows USB booting.
     
  7. billgatesceo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks. However, in the past, I have always come across convoluted steps to get a USB drive to be bootable. does anyone know of specific steps to format the usb drive or hdd in a format (master boot record, etc) so that the air can read?
     
  8. ayeying macrumors 601

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    If you have a 2nd mac to do this, just "Restore" in Disk Utility. Drag the DVD Drive to the source and destination is the Flash or USB HDD.

    If you have a PC, I'm not sure how this would work.
     
  9. billgatesceo thread starter macrumors newbie

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  10. gerabbi macrumors regular

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    Probably the best workaround without access to another Mac is purchase SL $25+/- , purchase a usb dvd player $50 +/- and you'll be good to go. Then you have a dvd player, burner, ripper as well a legal copy of the OS and a back up should something go wrong. :)
     
  11. billgatesceo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Cool. I have a spare USB dvd rom laying around. I was planning on running to Best Buy to pick up a copy of SL. Seems like this will be the most pain free way to go.

    Thanks for all the help!
     
  12. billgatesceo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    win 7 32-bit or 64-bit?

    Hi Guys,

    this forum has been great thus far. I started another thread in the windows on mac forum to ask about the best process for install.

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=799295

    I have the process down now. My last question....would you guys put 64-bit win 7 on the rev b or 32-bit (assuming that 64 bit is even an option)?

    Cheers!
     
  13. Scottsdale macrumors 601

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    Put 64-bit in there for sure. Whenever possible, take advantage of 64-bit. Unless you're Apple, then you don't even allow 64-bit kernel on 64-bit capable machines like the MBA...
     
  14. ayeying macrumors 601

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    Actually with the air, it really doesn't matter. 32-bit you'll save some space and memory, 64-bit you'll have slightly better performance, but not by much. If you ask is it gonna slow down, no, it won't.
     
  15. Scottsdale macrumors 601

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    Funny thing is that you get a truer 64-bit experience with Windows than with OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. Cause Snow Leopard isn't truly 64-bit on the MBA as it's a 32-bit kernel. It really ticks me off.
     

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