Optibayers - Do you need a USB flash disc image of the OSX?

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  1. cvs macrumors member

    cvs

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    Just before installing the optibay... I am thinking I may need to re-install the OSX at some point (1st time mac user)

    Do I need to make a bootable USB flash disk of the original DVDs?
    How is it done? Or is there another way?

    Note 1: other computers in the house include a desktop PC, and a vaio laptop, both running Win7

    Note 2: I'll need to install OSX Lion in a few months as well...
     
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  3. koruki macrumors 6502a

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    make a bootable USB drive with your system disc or use adaptor and connect the superdrive to any of the USB ports. The adaptor/enclosures are only like $10-20 a pop
     
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    $9.75
     
  5. cvs thread starter macrumors member

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    That is great news.

    I got an enclosure with the mce optibay.
    If it can boot the osx dvd, then there is no need for a usb disk in case of a re-format, is that correct?
     
  6. simsaladimbamba

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    Correct.
     
  7. aznguyen316 macrumors 68020

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    There's an easier way than ccc if you want to stick with oem software. If DVD boot is fine for you cool here's another option I do. I have an external hdd with a partition made of 10gb where I used disk utility to do a restore where source is oem restore DVD and target the partition. Do this before removing the DVD drive. This is good to have a backup of the restore DVD and it's so much faster installing from usb than DVD.
     
  8. cvs thread starter macrumors member

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    Great idea, never hurts to have a spare backup.
    THANKS !!
     

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