using disk utility from image on an external HDD?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by LML, Mar 16, 2012.

  1. LML, Mar 16, 2012
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2012

    LML macrumors newbie

    Mar 16, 2012
    hi all

    a while back my MBP optical drive quit working, and now I am trying to figure out a way to use disc utility on the original install disc to repair my hard drive (this is recommended, for whatever reason, when I run disc utility on my MBP's HDD).

    I'm running OSX 10.5.8

    I have an external hard drive with space on it. But the only other computer I have is a windows machine.

    Does anyone have the necessary steps to accomplish this? I've seen vague references to it elsewhere, but I need a bit more hand holding...

    thanks very much!

  2. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    you can't run disk utility alone - it needs some of the OS framework to function. When you boot the install dvd, it boots part of the OS then loads disk utility.
  3. LML thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 16, 2012
    perhaps I wasn't clear: I'm wanting to put my install disk onto an external hard drive as a disk image... boot from that (since the optical is dead)... then run disk utility

    this should work, no?

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