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    Default Formating macbook, from external dvd drive?

    I just got a mac book with a broken dvd drive.(for free. just had to replace the power supply.)
    I would like to format the hdd. I have an external dvd burner. I have osx 6.3 on disc(that is borrowed from a friend.) The mb i am using has os x 5.8.

    I am wondering if anybody see's any issues with me formatting in my situation? Or any suggested links tuts or threads?

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    I think TDM.. Target Disk Mode. I am not a 100 percent on if you can install but think you can.
    Here is a small fast search. They might help or try a few TDM,Booting etc. I have some better links and will look. Apple has a good link .. Can't locate it now either.

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    Red face opps

    Formating macbook, from external dvd drive?
    I misread that. If you can boot to it you should.

    Is the MacBook an Intel if so it should be fine.

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    No way to actually answer for sure. Try it. If it will boot to it then you are good to go. If it won't, then that drive is unsupported and would need drivers which are not present on the boot DVD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ricks View Post
    No way to actually answer for sure. Try it. If it will boot to it then you are good to go. If it won't, then that drive is unsupported and would need drivers which are not present on the boot DVD.

    Rick
    Cool thanks. I really just wanted to ask the question. Im going to give a whirl.
    Does anybody see a problem with using a higher version of the os?

    I let you guys know how it goes.
    Thanks for the replies.

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    Does anybody see a problem with using a higher version of the os?
    Not unless the MacBook specs can't boot 10.6 - otherwise it should be fine.

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