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How to repair or Install OS without a working internal CD/DVD drive?

Have 2 notebooks that have lost the functionality in their CD-DVD drives.

How to set up for external USB drives?

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You just have to get USB cd-dvd drive and can connect to any usb port on your systems

pls provide info regarding ur system

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This means that your internal hard drive is not currently bootable. That can happen for a variety of reasons, which are:
  1. The disk has crashed and is no longer usable.
  2. The Mac OS X System Folder has become damaged due to permission problems, a botched software upgrade, or some other software-caused problem.
  3. The hard drive controller on your Mac's logicboard has failed.
Without knowing the model of your Mac, I can only guess what is going on here. To know for sure, you need to locate your original Apple software restore CD/DVD -or- a retail Mac OS X install DVD.
Do the following:
  1. Power on the Mac, insert the bootable CD/DVD.
  2. Hold down the power button until the mac turns off.
  3. Hold down the "C" key on the keyboard and press the power button to turn the unit on.
  4. It will take a while, but your Mac should start booting a copy of Mac OS X off of the CD/DVD.
  5. Once booted into the Installer, locate the menubar at the top of the screen. Click on the "Apple" icon (top left of screen) and click "About this Mac". Click the "More Info..." button.
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  8. If you DO see your hard drive listed, then you hardware is at least working. That rules out a failed hard drive controller and mostly likely your hard drive is physically intact. The software on it might still be wrecked, but the hardware appears to work.
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3 CD Rim Drive - External connected thru USB
4 You can also try to connect a USB pen drive having the OS install program and try - I have not tried that so not sure if this option works...sorry
5 If u can open the machine then u can connect another internal HD(this can contain ur OS install files) to the cable (connector points in the flat cable) that connect your internal HD to the Motherboard.

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2. OS/
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4. Stopped working after something like shock or just stopped ?


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