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mattyb May 18, 2013 08:46 AM
Use DVD on 'old' iMac to install s/w onto new iMac
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?
 
andi*pandi May 18, 2013 09:57 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
 
Thorzdad May 18, 2013 10:35 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
 
mattyb May 18, 2013 01:41 PM
Quote, Originally Posted by Thorzdad (Post 4231112)
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.
 
andi*pandi May 18, 2013 03:40 PM
Quote, Originally Posted by Thorzdad (Post 4231112)
The new iMacs don't have Firewire, so that would definitely be out.
Doh!

Maybe the game isn't copy protected?
 
mattyb May 18, 2013 06:38 PM
We'll see. Its several DVDs in fact.
 
P May 19, 2013 04:14 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.
 
ibook_steve May 20, 2013 10:03 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.

Steve
 
anthology123 May 22, 2013 12:54 PM
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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