Method to trick the iMac into thinking an external disc drive is the internal one?

Discussion in 'Mac Peripherals' started by marcel-v, Jan 19, 2011.

  1. macrumors regular

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    #1
    My internal disc drive failed to work some time ago, since then I have purchased an external drive. I have all sorts of problems with this, one being that I cannot use Boot Camp to install Windows XP.

    Can this be done?
     
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    balamw

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    #2
    Nope. The problem is generally that where it is needed for Boot Camp, the OS is not running. Some combinations of hardware and firmware work others don't.

    You can either use a workaround as I posted in your Windows on Mac thread or you can disassemble the Mac and actually connect an external optical drive to the SATA port used for the internal drive.

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