USB target install

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  1. foothead macrumors regular

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    Okay, so I have an old PB Lombard with no HD, and an old 5 GB HD that I put in it, except it has an incompatible OS X install on it. I want to install OS X.2 and give the laptop to a friend, but I have no CD drive. I have a USB link cable, so can I use USB to do a target install from my iBook? thanks.
     
  2. waloshin macrumors 68040

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    I think only firewire does target mode.
     
  3. foothead thread starter macrumors regular

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    That's what I thought too, but it apparently exists.

    If not, then how else could I install? It doesn't have FW.
     
  4. yippy macrumors 68020

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    No target disk mode for USB.

    The only other option is to install using an external CD drive. You can pick one up for $30 at Best Buy. Actually, for that $30 or $40 you will be getting a DVD burner that will be faster and better than your iBooks internal DVD drive.
     
  5. foothead thread starter macrumors regular

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    Could I install to the HD on my G3 ibook, and then switch it over?
     
  6. yippy macrumors 68020

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    Yes, it is very likely that will work. The only caveat is that I hear getting the drives in and out of an iBook G3 is not easy.
     
  7. foothead thread starter macrumors regular

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    Okay, I did that, and it worked fine. Yes, it is hard to get the drive out the first time, but I have disassembled my iBook so many times that I was able to do it in under 10 minutes. Thanks for helping.
     

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