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08-12-2010, 16:28
Hello all:
I have a problem that I am hoping someone can assist me in finding out the solution.
I am running a Mac MacBook with OSX 10.4.11. (Tiger). I need to update it to Snow Leopard but the optical drive is out.
This would not be a problem if I was in the US, but I am in Iraq and there are not too many Apple stores here on my base.
I can get a copy of the Snow Leopard program sent to me by my wife but is there a way that I can upgrade without having an optical drive.
Somewhere I read that I can put the upgrade on my external hard drive (usb) and then have the system start up from that. If this possible and, if so, could somebody please offer a hand.
Thank you for any assistance that you may be able to provide.
Padre (in the big kitty litter box)

08-12-2010, 18:12

How are you getting the DVD? Are you downloading it from the internet?

08-12-2010, 18:15
Do you have a second Mac at home with a working DVD drive? You're going to need someone to prepare the USB drive with the installation files off of the DVD.

08-12-2010, 20:44
My wife is going to purchase the upgrade DVD and sending it to me. I only have a 5GB limit per month so downloading would cost me a fortune.
I only have the one Mac (none other available). Once I get the disk, I am going to burn an image onto my mini hard drive and do it that way. Seems that is the best way. I guess. Thank you for your assistance. Will let you know how it goes when I get done.

08-12-2010, 20:45
Oh, forgot to mention. I have an external USB DVD drive that I can use to put it onto the hard drive. Tried to boot off the external DVD, then found out you can't do that with an Apple.

08-12-2010, 22:48
In that case, the 3rd link GIockGuy24 posted looked fairly easy to follow and perfect for what you need: