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can I upgrade without a superdrive

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Jan 2, 2013 7:46 PM

I have a macbook that I want to upgrade to 10.5 Leopard but the superdrive is dead.We have almost never used the drive and never wanted to repair it.  I need Ideas? Thanks.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,035 points)
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    Jan 2, 2013 7:51 PM (in response to GeoDreaper)

    First, don't waste your time or money on Leopard. You might as well go to Snow Leopard which is still supported.



    Upgrading to Snow Leopard


    You must purchase Snow Leopard through the Apple Store: Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard - Apple Store (U.S.). The price is $19.99 plus tax. You will be sent physical media by mail after placing your order.


    After you install Snow Leopard you will have to download and install the Mac OS X 10.6.8 Update Combo v1.1 to update Snow Leopard to 10.6.8 and give you access to the App Store. Access to the App Store enables you to download Mountain Lion if your computer meets the requirements.


         Snow Leopard General Requirements


           1. Mac computer with an Intel processor

           2. 1GB of memory

           3. 5GB of available disk space

           4. DVD drive for installation

           5. Some features require a compatible Internet service provider;

               fees may apply.

           6. Some features require Apple’s MobileMe service; fees and

               terms apply.


    You will need an optical drive. Buy an external drive. Or if you can borrow the use of another Mac with a working optical drive, then you can clone the DVD to an 8 or 16 GB USB flash drive.
  • Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (39,420 points)
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    Jan 2, 2013 7:58 PM (in response to GeoDreaper)

    In addition to everything Kappy had to say have you looked at the price they are getting for Leopard 10.5 DVD?


    It is going for $229


    Compare that to the price that Kappy quoted for the Snow Loepard DVD and tell me which way you are going to go.



  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,035 points)
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    Jan 2, 2013 8:23 PM (in response to GeoDreaper)

    Yes, you can buy an external optical drive that uses either Firewire or USB port or you can borrow one. You can even use another Mac that has a working optical drive by using Target Disk Mode. It's possible they might install Leopard for you, but what happens if you need to use the DVD for other repairs or installations?


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