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How do I reinstall OS if my CD drive isn't working anymore?

How do I reinstall OS if my CD drive isn't working anymore? I want to reinstall the OS in one of my computers...I want to re-install snow leopard, but the CD drive doesn't work anymore.

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First this is no longer on CD. I see DVDs.

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I usually replace the drive since it's cheaper than a trip to the Apple repair counter. Depending on the model you may try some Firewire or USB DVDRW drive (these run under 25 dollars but I'd stick to OWC models.)

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Of course, the last three versions of OS X

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are not available on DVD anyway.

As you did not specify what version of OS X you would like to reinstall, we can touch on the Boot into Recovery mode, by holding down the "R" key at the chime, and download the latest version of OS X.

External CD/DVD player will work too as will Optical Drive sharing if you have another Mac available.


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