Tried installing OSX from external disc drive...

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by marchellobb, Mar 15, 2011.

  1. marchellobb macrumors member

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    Long story short: my macbook got tolen, police found it, the guy wiped it clean of all info, but a CD is stuck inside (confirmed physical damage).

    I'm not interested in paying 300$ to get a new CD drive, I tried hooking up my external CD drive (USB), and my computer recognized the disc. All looked like it was going well, but when I get to the 'select destination' part, the 'Hard Drive' appears very light (as in UNCLICKABLE), so I could'nt select a drive to install OSX on.

    HELP?
     
  2. redwarrior macrumors 603

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    I had a similar problem and tried to install it using target disk mode on my daughter's MacBook. I posted here and got several suggestions, but none of them worked. I could never make it work and ended up having to install a new optical drive. I hope you have better luck.
     
  3. eman macrumors 6502a

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    Did you use "disk utility" on it first and erase and format the drive with one partition in OSX extended journaled"?
     
  4. ddehr026 macrumors 6502

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    Yeah definitely seems like it should work no problem. I would go into disk utility while you are running off the cd disc and format the hard drive.
     
  5. marchellobb thread starter macrumors member

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    Maybe it has to do with the fact it says 'Available 100gb, total 145gb' even though the computer was completely restored?
     
  6. ddehr026 macrumors 6502

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    Yeah it seems like you need to format the hard drive for sure.
     
  7. marchellobb thread starter macrumors member

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    I'll try it out next time i get access to my friends' CD drive thanks guys
     

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