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How to install Leopard without running the cd in the driver?

by Satomi Masukami / August 14, 2010 12:36 PM PDT

I have a macbook pro and the cd driver is broken - it's 3 years old, so the warranty tech support is gone.

So, I need to format my mac and reinstall the software.
Is there anyway i could paste the instal cd contents into a flash drive using a pc, and then install the software from the flash drive?

I've heard this is possible but i've been told that i must copy cd contents from a mac, which is obviously impossible for me. i will have to use a pc to transfer contents from the cd to the flash drive. How can i do this?

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Don't think it will happen
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / August 14, 2010 11:11 PM PDT

To work from a flash drive you would need to install a version of OS X on the flash drive and without a Mac and working optical drive that would be next to impossible.
It is not just a matter of moving the contents of the CD, most of which you cannot see, onto a flash drive, that procedure would not work with a Windows machine either.

Why not just replace the optical drive?


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by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / August 14, 2010 11:12 PM PDT

instead of replacing the internal optical drive, purchase an external USB or Firewire optical drive


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problem resolved!
by Satomi Masukami / August 18, 2010 10:27 PM PDT
In reply to: Or,

I realized that the issue about the DVD driver was pretty easy to resolve. So i got a cleaning DVD and now it's all working fine, so i could install leopard from the driver.

Thank you anyway !

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