How to Boot the MacBook From the CD

By Maxwell Payne

The Macbook laptop by Apple comes with a built-in CD-DVD combination drive, known as a "Superdrive" by Apple. Like other computers, the Macbook can be booted from a CD or DVD that contains valid boot files. For example, the Mac OS X installer disc and the Mac OS X system disc can be used to boot from the Superdrive. This is useful when the hard drive has failed or you are replacing the operating system.

Step 1

Insert the CD or DVD that you want to boot from. Wait for the CD drive to start up. Ignore any prompts that appear.

Step 2

Click on the "Apple" icon in the top-left of the screen and select "Restart" from the list of available options.

Step 3

Click "Enter" if prompted to confirm you want to restart. Wait for the screen to go blank.

Step 4

Hold down the "C" key on the keyboard as soon as you hear the startup tone that sounds from the Macbook's built-in speakers. Continue holding it down for a few seconds until the "boot screen" appears. Select the option you want from the menu, such as "boot from CD," "launch installer" or "run program." Depending on the bootable disc inserted, other options may be available.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be sure to disconnect any external devices such as external hard drives and flash drives before attempting to boot from the disc.
  • Do not eject the disc will booting from it or while accessing the contents of the disc.

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