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How to copy Mac OS X Installation DVD to a HDD in WIndows 7???

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October 22, 2011 6:02:17 PM

I am trying to make a bootable Mac OS X installation HDD, but all I can find is ways to do it in OS X.... What I am trying to do is that I am trying to install OS X on a new SSD I got for my macbook, but the combo drive is broken, and my external DVD drive doesn't work because when I try to boot from there, it gets stuck on a screen like this:

https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=1249C644D8BAB669&id=1249...

So simply, I am trying to burn the installation DVD to a firewire HDD on a windows 7 computer, and I need a solution for that.

Thanks in advance!

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October 22, 2011 6:27:35 PM

How long are you letting the external DVD drive run when trying to use it? Also, do you have both USB connections connected (as many external DVD drives use) to the Mac?
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October 22, 2011 6:45:49 PM

COLGeek said:
How long are you letting the external DVD drive run when trying to use it? Also, do you have both USB connections connected (as many external DVD drives use) to the Mac?

I let the drive run for about 1 hour, and still nothing. I have both (2) USB connections conencted. It sounds like it's reading properly. Did you even read the part where I said:
"So basically, I am trying to burn the OS X installation DVD to a firewire HDD, and I need a solution for that"? Because I do know that my model of the macbook doesn't support USB boot.


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October 23, 2011 7:19:16 PM

BlueAndGray said:
I let the drive run for about 1 hour, and still nothing. I have both (2) USB connections conencted. It sounds like it's reading properly. Did you even read the part where I said:
"So basically, I am trying to burn the OS X installation DVD to a firewire HDD, and I need a solution for that"? Because I do know that my model of the macbook doesn't support USB boot.

I did read your post. When troubleshooting, one looks at the easiest stuff first. Often, a problem is very basic and can be solved with little or no effort. If your external optical device is working properly, then your media may be the problem. Are you using a burned copy of OS X or a commercial disk?
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October 23, 2011 7:33:56 PM

wait, if your computer is so old as not to support USB boot then is it even an intel mac? Lion does require an intel chip to run, no G4/5 allowed.
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October 23, 2011 11:46:52 PM

CaedenV said:
wait, if your computer is so old as not to support USB boot then is it even an intel mac? Lion does require an intel chip to run, no G4/5 allowed.


...and it has to be a Core 2 Duo or better...no Core Duo or Core Solos allowed for Lion.
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October 24, 2011 3:25:03 AM

Well, it IS a intel mac with the T8100(?) CPU. Does that mean it supports USB boot? Btw, I said Leopard (10.5), not Lion (10.7). Also, the DVD is the one that came with my macbook that says "Mac OS X Install Disc 1" and on the OS X version it says "10.5.4". I also noticed that on the outside part of the DVD there's a few 'dirty' spots, but it looks like the DVD drive laser can read through it. Should I try to clean it? I also tried remote installing it with the 'little' utility thingy, but no luck.
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October 25, 2011 12:09:55 AM

BlueAndGray said:
Well, it IS a intel mac with the T8100(?) CPU. Does that mean it supports USB boot? Btw, I said Leopard (10.5), not Lion (10.7). Also, the DVD is the one that came with my macbook that says "Mac OS X Install Disc 1" and on the OS X version it says "10.5.4". I also noticed that on the outside part of the DVD there's a few 'dirty' spots, but it looks like the DVD drive laser can read through it. Should I try to clean it? I also tried remote installing it with the 'little' utility thingy, but no luck.


T8100 = 2.1Ghz Core 2 Duo...just fyi.

I'm blind...couldn't see where you said 10.5 in your previous posts.

Check this
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October 25, 2011 1:33:42 AM

halcyon said:
T8100 = 2.1Ghz Core 2 Duo...just fyi.

I'm blind...couldn't see where you said 10.5 in your previous posts.

Check this

Um.. -nope.avi- I need something where I can burn the installation DVD to a firewire drive in Windows 7. :( 
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October 25, 2011 9:09:41 PM

Your reference to 10.5 is no where in the thread expect where you state it further in the mix. Not an issue.

What disk burning software are you using on your Win 7 box? I would suggest you try to burn (copy) your OS X media to a new disk (at the slowest possible speed) to see if the second copy is readable by your external drive.
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October 25, 2011 11:52:14 PM

COLGeek said:
Your reference to 10.5 is no where in the thread expect where you state it further in the mix. Not an issue.

What disk burning software are you using on your Win 7 box? I would suggest you try to burn (copy) your OS X media to a new disk (at the slowest possible speed) to see if the second copy is readable by your external drive.

Actually, I can't find the Leopard ISO on the DVD with windows 7... I think that I will have to figure out how to do that first...:??:  The only things I see are these:

None of the folders contain ANY .dmg or .iso files. Also, the disk burning software is Power2Go 6.
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a b Á Mac OS
October 26, 2011 12:01:18 AM

There isn't an ISO on the install media. Just do a copy of the original disk.
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October 26, 2011 12:08:02 AM

COLGeek said:
There isn't an ISO on the install media. Just do a copy of the original disk.

Holy s*** that was fast. Which DVD is the original disk? The files shown on the picture are the files I see on the 1st Install DVD. Is the ISO located on the 2nd DVD or are the files just hidden? I'll see if I can copy the original DVD.
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a b Á Mac OS
October 26, 2011 12:12:43 AM

Nope, there are no ISOs on the OS X install disks. Just copy the disks and try again.
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October 26, 2011 1:39:22 PM

COLGeek said:
Nope, there are no ISOs on the OS X install disks. Just copy the disks and try again.

How do I copy the disk? I tried several clone utilities and none of them recognized the DVD drive because the drive is USB connected... So how do I clone the DVD drive?
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a b Á Mac OS
October 26, 2011 11:51:43 PM

With a program/suite like Nero or Roxio you have the ability to copy a CD/DVD, even with a USB drive. You just need a DVD burner.
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October 27, 2011 1:46:49 AM

COLGeek said:
With a program/suite like Nero or Roxio you have the ability to copy a CD/DVD, even with a USB drive. You just need a DVD burner.

Ok :D  I'll try that.
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October 27, 2011 3:24:29 AM

COLGeek said:
With a program/suite like Nero or Roxio you have the ability to copy a CD/DVD, even with a USB drive. You just need a DVD burner.

Actually, I need something that is free. Any ideas?
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a b Á Mac OS
October 27, 2011 6:46:21 AM

ImgBurn.
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October 27, 2011 11:04:25 PM

Ijack said:
ImgBurn.

:D  Thanks
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October 28, 2011 4:17:30 AM

Now in ImgBurn, I get this error saying "Unrecovered read error" Damn. Is it just me having bad luck and something is trying to not let me do this? D: D: D: D:
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