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Mac OS X upgrade question

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by Padre, Aug 12, 2010.

  1. Padre

    Padre

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    Hello all:
    I have a problem that I am hoping someone can assist me in finding out the solution.
    I am running a Mac MacBook with OSX 10.4.11. (Tiger). I need to update it to Snow Leopard but the optical drive is out.
    This would not be a problem if I was in the US, but I am in Iraq and there are not too many Apple stores here on my base.
    I can get a copy of the Snow Leopard program sent to me by my wife but is there a way that I can upgrade without having an optical drive.
    Somewhere I read that I can put the upgrade on my external hard drive (usb) and then have the system start up from that. If this possible and, if so, could somebody please offer a hand.
    Thank you for any assistance that you may be able to provide.
    Padre (in the big kitty litter box)
     

  2. arodgers

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    Do you have a second Mac at home with a working DVD drive? You're going to need someone to prepare the USB drive with the installation files off of the DVD.
     
  3. Padre

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    My wife is going to purchase the upgrade DVD and sending it to me. I only have a 5GB limit per month so downloading would cost me a fortune.
    I only have the one Mac (none other available). Once I get the disk, I am going to burn an image onto my mini hard drive and do it that way. Seems that is the best way. I guess. Thank you for your assistance. Will let you know how it goes when I get done.
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  4. Padre

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    Oh, forgot to mention. I have an external USB DVD drive that I can use to put it onto the hard drive. Tried to boot off the external DVD, then found out you can't do that with an Apple.
     
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