3 Replies Latest reply: Nov 5, 2010 1:00 PM by c9ky6qk3
leshanware Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I got a macbook pro since 2006, and i must constat that my optical drive is dead, could't even read brand new dvd's.
And i got a serious problem, i want to install Snow Leopard, how could i do it without an healthy optical drive?
So, could i change my optical drive or buy an external drive ??
Have you got a solution plz??

macbook pro, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • c9ky6qk3 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    You have at least a few options:

    - Take your MacBook Pro to a location where there is a second Mac that you can use. Insert your disc into that machines drive and access it from Finder (on your MacBook Pro) in under "Shared" in the "Sidebar". +You must ensure "DVD & CD Sharing" is enabled by opening "System Preferences" and choosing "Sharing".

    - If you don't have access to a Mac, you can use a Windows computer. I only can provide instructions from Windows XP, but I'm sure they're similar. Anyway, open "My Computer" right click on the optical drive and choose "Sharing & Security". That will open a new window. Choose the "Sharing" tab. Then (if you don't see this message you may need to skip to the next step) click the link that says "If you understand the risk but still want to share the root of the drive, click here." Choose the link beneath "Network sharing and security" that says "If you understand the security risks but want to share files without running the wizard, click here." A popup window will appear, choose "Just enable file sharing" and then click "OK". Now go back to your MacBook Pro and open "Finder". You should see the computer beneath "Sharing" in your "Sidebar", once you select that it will connect to the other computer and you should see the optical drive.

    - The last step, and probably least desirable, is to purchase an external drive ($50-150), or if you have an internal drive in another unused computer - it can be a laptop or desktop - than you can pull that out of that machine and purchase an external case for like $15 or so.


    Hope this helps!

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  • leshanware Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thk you very much man.

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  • c9ky6qk3 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Yup! My pleasure.