Installing Mac OS X Leopard Without the DvD

Installing Mac OS X Leopard Without the DvD, where are those damn discs….

So the previous steps we’ve prepped the image and we’ve converted an .iso to a .dmg.

In this part of the guide we will install a spare SATA drive, then restore the SATA drive with the image that we’ve prepped from earlier, and lastly, we will boot to that drive with the image on it and install a clean version of Mac OS X Leopard.

I’ve compiled a list here of the items you will need to get this part of the project done.

      Image of Mac OS X Leopard
      Working Mac Computer
      Disk Utility Application
      Spare SATA Drive

Step 1 – Install the spare SATA drive into the system.

Installing Mac OS X Leopard Without the DvD

Step 2 – Open Disk Utility, we’re going to “Erase” the SATA drive and have it formatted in MAC OS Extended (Journaled) format.

Erase

Step 3 – After the format has completed, Select “Partition”, now you can either use the whole drive as it is, or set the drive to a specific size. In this case we’re going to set the drive to a specific size, and leave the rest as an empty partition. Under “Volume Scheme” select “2 Partitions”, adjust one to 10GB and name it “Leopard” – Select “Apply”
A new window will appear and select “Partition”

Installing Mac OS X Leopard Without the DvD

Step 4 – Select “Images” on the top menu, and select “Scan Image for Restore…”, this is an important process as we will need to ensure that the image is ready for a restore. If you do not do this part you will see error messages during the restore proceess and will not be allowed to proceed to restoring the Hard drive with the image. The scan process will take a little bit of time to complete.

Installing Mac OS X Leopard Without the DvD

Step 5 – After the image has been scanned, we will now restore that image onto the Hard Drive. Go back to the Disk Utility screen, select the “Restore” button, locate the image that’s in the .dmg format, on the left hand window pain, select the partition that we have labeled Leopard, and drag and drop that into the “Destination” – click “Restore” to being the restore process.

Installing Mac OS X Leopard Without the DvD

What we’ve done is created a partition on the Hard Drive, and restored the Mac OS X Leopard installation disk on it, this will now let us “pretend” the partition is the DvD and we can now select boot to it.

Step 6Restart the computer, hold down the “Option” key to allow selective boot, you should now see Mac OS X Install as part of a bootup drive, select that and now you’re Installing Mac OS X Leopard Without the DvD!

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GameWads Guide on – How to Install Mac OS X Leopard without the DvD

Part 1Preparing your Mac for OS X Leopard Installation
Part 2Installing Mac OS X Leopard without the DvD