I have an old MacBook with Mac OS X Tiger 10.4.11 and I want to upgrade (actually to new install) it to Snow Leopard. The problem is that my DVD drive is broken and I have no external one as well.
I am trying using diskutil resizeVolume to make a free partition (Volume) on my single hard disk, and planning to restore the image of installation DVD on it. It seems that I could boot from that partition and begin my new installation. Is that possible?
At the moment I have only old Mac OS Tiger install DVD and I try to test by making its image on a PC which has DVD drive. Strangely, on Windows I cannot read the DVD. I don't know if it is the DVD problem or else?
Actually I have not bought a copy of snow leopard because I am not sure if it works.
Asked by elgcom on September 26, 2010.
Can you access another Mac to do this? If so, in Disk Utility select the drive (not the volume) and click the New Image button on the toolbar to save a DMG as a DVD/CD Master. Funny idea: go to an Apple Store with an 8 GB or higher USB stick, buy Snow Leopard, then use one of the computers there to create the DMG.
Once you have the DMG, rather than using diskutil at the command line, just use Disk Utility and create a 10 GB partition at the end of your drive (under the Partition tab for your drive). Then go to the restore tab and select the DMG for the source and the new partition for the destination. Make sure Erase destination is checked and double-check that you're dealing with the right partition.
Note that I'm using Disk Utility on 10.6 and I haven't worked with 10.4 in a long while. My thinking is that Disk Utility hasn't changed very much and I hope that the features that I'm talking about exist and behave as I would expect on 10.4.
Finally to install Snow Leopard, reboot your computer, hold down the ? key as soon as it starts up (chime) and you should be presented with two options, both with a hard drive icon. The second option should say Mac OS X Install DVD. Select that.
Specific IsoBuster instructions from the above thread:
Open IsoBuster -> right click "DVD" on the left side -> choose "extract dvd " -> User Data (*.tao, *.iso)
Name the file whatever you want (ie "Leopard") on the "Save as type" choose ".iso" Click Save and wait for image to be created. After it is finished it will probably ask you to save a ".cue" file as well...go ahead and save it, but you should not need it.
Answered by fideli on September 26, 2010. Last Edited on October 2, 2010.
You could try to use Remote Install Mac OS X from another computer (in /Applications/Utilities on a Mac, on your Snow Leopard install DVD on Windows - I don't think this was available in Tiger). It essentially allows the CD drive of another computer to be shared by another machine. It's intended for MacBook Airs and Server Mac Minis that don't have CD drives, but I haven't heard of it not working on other models - I presume it does some sort of NetBoot magic.
Alternatively, if you have (or can borrow) another Mac you could start your MacBook up in Target Disk Mode (hold the 't' key down during start up) and connect it to the other Mac with Firewire. Then put the system DVD into the other Mac, and install to the "Firewire disk" that is your MacBook.
Answered by Scott on September 26, 2010.
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