Can I use my MackBook DVD drive to install Mac OS X on my G4 that does not have a DVD drive?

by on February 8, 2011

Q: I recently got a power Mac G4 and wanted to upgrade it to Mac OS X 10.5. Unfortunately the install disk is a DVD and the G4 only reads CDs. How can I use my MacBook as the DVD drive for the G4 and boot up from it?


4 Responses to “Can I use my MackBook DVD drive to install Mac OS X on my G4 that does not have a DVD drive?”
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    I do not think you will be able to use your MacBook as a bootable DVD drive let alone a DVD drive on your G4.

    However, what you can do is on your MacBook create a bootable USB drive and install the update on your G4 by USB.

    If you follow this guide it will walk you through setting up the thumb drive to use as a bootable device.

    http://www.maciverse.com/install-os-x-snow-leopard-from-usb-flash-drive.html

    Just keep in mind you will need at least a 8GB thumb drive which usually cost around $20 or less these days.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227332

     
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    From what I’ve read you should be able to use Firewire target mode on the DVD-less machine. You can then install onto the hard disk from the other Mac

    Read more: http://blogcritics.org/culture/article/no-dvd-drive-beware-mac-os/page-2/#ixzz1DN9CCX9d

    You can also pick up an IDE DVD drive for pretty a few dollars.

     
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    ok ill look into the links and the dvd drive….. thanks

     
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    now i have it on my flash drive but when i want to install it says….”the application “install mac os x” cannot be used from this volume. to install mac os x, please use the application provided on the mac os x installation disk.

    what do i do?