Rev A Macbook Troubles - HDD and Superdrive Dead!

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Jolly Jimmy, Dec 4, 2008.

  1. Jolly Jimmy macrumors 65816

    Jolly Jimmy

    Dec 13, 2007
    Hello all,

    I have a rev A Macbook which is out of warranty. The superdrive died some time ago but now the hard drive has gone too. So I need to install OSX somehow.

    I'm planning on buying an external optical drive, unless there is some other way.(???) Is it possible to hook up another Macbook and use its superdrive? Or does anyone have any ideas that might be worth a try?

    Thank you in advance,

  2. misterredman macrumors 6502a


    Oct 3, 2007
    Yes it is, you can use the optical drive of another macbook that is in target disc mode. You will need to put the macbook in target disc mode (the one with the working optical drive) and connect it with firewire to your macbook. Insert the install discs in the macbook which is in target disc mode. When starting up your macbook hold down the usual option key and select the install discs.
  3. Jolly Jimmy thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jolly Jimmy

    Dec 13, 2007
    Great, thank you so much!


  4. OrangeSVTguy macrumors 601


    Sep 16, 2007
    Northeastern Ohio
    If the HDD is dead too, how do plan on reinstalling the OS if the drive is dead? Unless you replaced it? but why not replace the optical drive too?

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