Reformatting A Macbook (With a broken disk drive)

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by tnadidas, Feb 15, 2009.

  1. tnadidas macrumors newbie

    Dec 16, 2008
    HI ALL-

    So I am preparing to sell my black macbook but I have just one problem. I want to reformat it before I sell it but I have a broken disk drive. I have the two install CD's but once again, no disk drive. PLEASE HELP

  2. MattyK macrumors 6502a


    If you have another computer, you could most likely boot the cd through connecting the 2 together via firewire and holding down C on boot.
  3. tnadidas thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 16, 2008

    That's great but would I have a firewire cable if I own several mac's or is that something you have to buy separately?

    And are there any other ways?


  4. MattyK macrumors 6502a


    If you have an external hard drive then you will most definitely have one.
    Here's a pic of one just incase you don't have one and go and purchase one.


    If you want to do what I suggested, I would purchase a FW>FW cable for faster speeds; and try to google up some questions you may have, cause' this is just off the top of my head :p
  5. sickmacdoc macrumors 68020


    Jun 14, 2008
    New Hampshire
    Using another computer and a FireWire cable in order to see and use the information on the hard drive of another is called Target Disk Mode- you can get all the info you need about it and how to do it in the Apple documentation about it here. You should have no problem doing the install that way.

    EDIT: I know of no other way other than to temporarily attach an externally cased DVD drive.

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