Superdrive does not work and need to install restore OS disc?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by dg45, Jun 19, 2009.

  1. dg45 macrumors regular

    Mar 26, 2009
    Boston MA
    i have a 15in powerbook titanium g4.
    My hard drive died 2 weeks ago.
    So i just install a new hard drive and i forgot my superdrive does not work.
    all it does is take the restore disk and spits it back out.

    how can i install the mac OS on the hard drive without my superdrive working?

    i have somewhere a old usb external cdrom but i dont know if i can find or if it will run/work.
    If i find and my external will work, Can i use that to install my OS restore disc and it will reconize it and run/install?

    is there any other ways?

    please help.
    i need my mac back
  2. TJRiver macrumors 6502


    Jan 14, 2009
    Hopefully you can get your hands upon another Mac with a firewire port and working optical drive. If so, Firewire Target Disk Mode will be your new best friend!;)
  3. zephead macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2006
    in your pants
    You could use another Mac to remote install OS X onto your PowerBook, as long as that Mac (the other one, not your PB) has Leopard (10.5) installed. "Remote Install Mac OS" is in the /Applications/Utilities folder.

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