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Use DVD on 'old' iMac to install s/w onto new iMac
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May 18, 2013, 07:46 AM
 
I've discovered that some software that I want to install onto my new 27 inch iMac, is only available on DVD. I have an old iMac with a DVD player. Is it possible to use (cross-over ethernet cable or something else?) the DVD in the old iMac to install onto the new iMac?
     
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May 18, 2013, 08:57 AM
 
you should might be able to do it with a firewire cable. You might have to use firewire target disk mode.

at the very least, someone here can tell you how to make a disk image of the dvd on the imac, put on a thumb drive, and install from there.

this thread has some tips:
https://discussions.apple.com/thread...art=0&tstart=0
     
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May 18, 2013, 09:35 AM
 
The new iMacs don't have Firewire, so that would definitely be out.

This might be the answer you're looking for: DVD or CD sharing: Using Remote Disc
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May 18, 2013, 12:41 PM
 
Originally Posted by Thorzdad View Post
The new iMacs don't have Firewire, so that would definitely be out.

This might be the answer you're looking for: DVD or CD sharing: Using Remote Disc
That looked promising until :

Note: These types of discs or activities are not supported by DVD or CD sharing:

DVD movies.
Audio CDs.
Copy protected discs such as game discs.

Poo.
     
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May 18, 2013, 02:40 PM
 
Originally Posted by Thorzdad View Post
The new iMacs don't have Firewire, so that would definitely be out.
Doh!

Maybe the game isn't copy protected?
     
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May 18, 2013, 05:38 PM
 
We'll see. Its several DVDs in fact.
     
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May 19, 2013, 03:14 PM
 
I don't think I've seen copy protection by checking for the DVD for a few years now. In any case, installation from the discs should be possible - it's the checks at start that might give you problems, if any.
The new Mac Pro has up to 30 MB of cache inside the processor itself. That's more than the HD in my first Mac. Somehow I'm still running out of space.
     
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May 20, 2013, 09:03 PM
 
You can get an external DVD drive really cheap at places like Newegg or Amazon. Or you could take the drive out of your old iMac and put it in a case (say from OWC) so both computers could use it.

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May 22, 2013, 11:54 AM
 
Doing Target disk mode should work for DVD as well. You can get a Thunderbolt to Firewire adapter, and then, depending on the old iMac, you need to also have a Firewire 800-800 cable, or a Firewire 800-400 depending on how old your old iMac is.
     
   
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