Superdrive Broken / How to install OSX

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by gkp, Feb 17, 2009.

  1. gkp macrumors member

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    I have a Powerbook 12" that has a non working superdrive. I purchased this used a few years ago and prior to my purchase there was an upgrade to the memory and the screws were stripped, so I cannot replace the superdrive. (not bad for buying for $200)
    My question: Can I install a OSX using my new MBPro or another device as the target drive?
    Thanks!
     
  2. Peterkro macrumors 68020

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  3. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Boot the PB in Target drive mode connected to the MBP, then Install using the MBP on the "external" PB.
     
  4. jonathanbruck macrumors newbie

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  5. gkp thread starter macrumors member

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    Awesome! thanks!

    You guys rock, thanks for the speedy info and solution to my question.
     
  6. gkp thread starter macrumors member

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    Powerbook 12" will not see the remote disc

    I set up my MBP to share the dvd / disc and did the same on my PB 12" and rebooted both. No luck. They are both airport extreme also...any ideas or should I just do the Firewire trick?
    This would have been cool too!
    :)
     
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  8. greenday123 macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, just use the firewire way. It will be alot quicker and easier than installing over WiFi.
     
  9. alphaod macrumors Core

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    You could restore the OS X installer to an external HDD on your good computer and then boot off the HDD on your broken one.
     
  10. gkp thread starter macrumors member

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    thanks again for the suggestions

    I have never installed OSX on a external hard drive, can I do that on a MyBook/Western Digital 500 gig? Do you have a link with more info on this procedure?
    Thanks!
     

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