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?
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?