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2451 Views 2 Replies Latest reply: Aug 8, 2010 8:29 AM by den.thed RSS
Gully Level 1 Level 1 (100 points)
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Aug 8, 2010 7:31 AM
Have a bad issue: my iMac has been found (using disk verify) to be corrupt. It tells me to boot from the installation disc to repair. Only problem is my DVD SuperDrive is dead! How can I boot from a disc if the drive won't mount? I've used three other external drives and none are recognized.

Any suggestions?

Thanks!!
iMac 20" Intel (Early 2006); PowerBook Pro 17", MacBook, iPhone 2G, iPhone 3G, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • iyacyas Level 4 Level 4 (1,535 points)
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    Aug 8, 2010 7:41 AM (in response to Gully)
    Just to verify:

    To boot from internal DVD press and hold the "c-key" during boot.

    To boot from external drive press and hold the "option-key" during boot until you get to the Startup manager then you should be able to select the external drive.

    One more option, which I am not familiar with, is to use another computers DVD drive via WiFi. This would be the same way that you would have to do with the Macbook Air since it has not dvd drive. Maybe someone will chime in here and tell us how this can be done.

    If you have another Mac to use you can place the sick Mac into Target Disk Mode and plug it into the good Mac via firewire and run DU against it from their.
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  • den.thed Level 7 Level 7 (23,395 points)
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    Aug 8, 2010 8:29 AM (in response to Gully)
    Hi Gully, I agree with iyacyas

    {quote:title=iyacyas wrote:}If you have another Mac to use you can place the sick Mac into Target Disk Mode and plug it into the good Mac via firewire and run DU against it from their.{quote}

    See > http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/itdojo/?p=198
    and > http://www.selfreliantfilm.com/?p=143

    Even if you can't repair the drive from the MacBook Pro in TDM, you should be able to move your user files to either the MacBook Pro or an External HD until you can repair or replace the iMac.

    Dennis
    Early Core Duo - 320GB WD Caviar Blue HDD - 2GB RAM - 21.5 LG Display - iPad -, Mac OS X (10.6.4), - Maxtor FireWire HD's - WD Passport - Nikon - Epson - 80GB Classic - 2GB Nano

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