Question mark folder, can I install from usb?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by fkhuk, Jul 11, 2012.

  1. fkhuk macrumors newbie

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    I dropped my computer and got the awful flashing question mark folder. I can still hear the hard drive spinning and it doesn't sound like anything is off. I lost all of my install disks so I downloaded Snow Leopard to a flash drive, and I know you can update this way. But I was wondering if its possible to re install OS with a flash drive and not an actual disk?
     
  2. chibiterasu macrumors 6502

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    MacBooks don't like booting from usb sticks (you can give it a try though) although they are more happy about booting from firewire (if your mac has one) even with a usb to firewire adaptor. You could always look into burning a disc as well. Hope this helps :)
     
  3. fkhuk thread starter macrumors newbie

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    When you say firewire, do you mean boot it with the "start up disk" file I have on my other mac through the firewire cable?
     
  4. chibiterasu macrumors 6502

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    I didn't quite mean that but yes you can do that and reinstall through 'target disc mode' when both Mac's are connected with a firewire cable.
     

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