How to install OSX with no Optical Drive or USB
My Hard Drive crashed and I replaced it with a same brand, same capacity drive (Seagate 1TB).
When I tried installing the OS from a Snow Leopard DVD, the optical drive would not boot from it. The optical drive had problems before, it wouldn't burn cds or dvds and it would have problems reading dvds.
I booted from internet recovery since my imac had Mountain Lion. I went ahead and formatted my new HD, as Mac Os journaled, and it worked but when I tried to restore the OS on my HD, it says I need to log in with the apple account used to install Mountain Lion. (I took it to a local iShop last time I had hard drive problems and they updated my Snow Leopard to Mountain Lion and I don't have their account).
I even tried booting from USB with a copy of Snow Leopard according to this link and I got it to chime with the apple logo, but it stayed like that for hours and no progress from there.
Also tried Disk Utility from Internet Recovery and got it to read the OSX installation DVD. Went ahead and rebooted from that drive but didn't get further than the chime and the apple logo.
I was wondering if its possible to install the OS on my new drive using a dock and installing it from a same model imac (I have another one at my office). I read somewhere about doing something similar. Could this be a solution?
Don't know what else to do =(
help me please!