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    Default Re-install Mac OSX without DVD drive

    I want to re-install the OS to give me a clean install on my 2008 MacBook; I have the 10.5 DVD it came with but the DVD drive has failed.

    Is it possible to do this over a network either by sharing my PC's DVD drive, or copying the DVD onto the MacBook (or some other drive) first?
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    Quote Originally Posted by d000hg View Post
    I want to re-install the OS to give me a clean install on my 2008 MacBook; I have the 10.5 DVD it came with but the DVD drive has failed.

    Is it possible to do this over a network either by sharing my PC's DVD drive, or copying the DVD onto the MacBook (or some other drive) first?
    Is it possible to do it from a Bootable USB key?
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    Quote Originally Posted by d000hg View Post
    I want to re-install the OS to give me a clean install on my 2008 MacBook; I have the 10.5 DVD it came with but the DVD drive has failed.

    Is it possible to do this over a network either by sharing my PC's DVD drive, or copying the DVD onto the MacBook (or some other drive) first?
    Can your system boot from USB drives? Getting a cheapo external DVD drive could be the answer.

    I don't think Windows understands the OS X DVD format. Do you have linux available?
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    I installed Lion on my wifes iMac with a USB key. Its around 6GB the image.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobspud View Post
    Careful there. He's running 10.5 so he'd need an upgrade to 10.6 first. Furthermore, upgrading to Lion might break various apps and peripheral drivers. Lion dropped Rosetta, which provided support for PPC (non-Intel) apps.

    Just one of various compatibiliy charts out there: Lion App Compatibility Table
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sysman View Post
    Careful there. He's running 10.5 so he'd need an upgrade to 10.6 first. Furthermore, upgrading to Lion might break various apps and peripheral drivers. Lion dropped Rosetta, which provided support for PPC (non-Intel) apps.

    Just one of various compatibiliy charts out there: Lion App Compatibility Table
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sysman View Post
    I don't think Windows understands the OS X DVD format. Do you have linux available?
    That blows... I can't even copy the DVD onto a USB drive because Windows can't see the files on the disc.

    Regarding the 10.7 link - I'm scuppered there. I can't download 10.7 because I need the app-store, and the app-store is only available in 10.6. I can only upgrade to 10.6 by buying a physical disk - I could make it into a bootable USB stick but only if I had a Mac with which to do so!

    Guess I'll have to take it into the MacStore, which I planned anyway for the hardware issues, but I have a lot of old work files and wanted to do a clean install before putting the machine into their hands.
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    Quote Originally Posted by d000hg View Post
    That blows... I can't even copy the DVD onto a USB drive because Windows can't see the files on the disc.

    Regarding the 10.7 link - I'm scuppered there. I can't download 10.7 because I need the app-store, and the app-store is only available in 10.6. I can only upgrade to 10.6 by buying a physical disk - I could make it into a bootable USB stick but only if I had a Mac with which to do so!

    Guess I'll have to take it into the MacStore, which I planned anyway for the hardware issues, but I have a lot of old work files and wanted to do a clean install before putting the machine into their hands.
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    I really hate it when piracy (however well intentioned) is the only easy solution

    I'll think about that option, I could order a 10.6 DVD and then I've already paid for it before downloading. Anyone know what size USB drive I'd need?
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