Window 7 Install Without External cd/dvd drive for mac mini

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by samacmini, Nov 2, 2012.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    I have a New Apple Mac Mini Core i5 2.3GHz, 8GB RAM -but don't have any DVD reader/writer but i wanted to install Window 7 in bootcamp.


    Can i do it via pen-drive ?

    Or any other way ?

    highly appreciated if you can help!!!! :apple:
     
  2. macrumors member

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  3. macrumors newbie

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    i also trying to install windows 7 on my 2011 mac mini. ive been trying for a good 3 days and haven't got anywhere. im not an idiot when it comes to computers, i can usually figure stuff like this out, but this i just cant seem to get to work. every video i watch on youtube does it a different way or explains it terrible. SOMEONE PLEASE HELP!!!!!
     
  4. macrumors 6502

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    In what format do you have windows 7? is it on DVD or is it an ISO file?

    you need to have an ISO file as bootcamp will take the iso file, mount it on a USB stick and then add its own drivers for windows.

    If you have a DVD, then use some ISO creation software to take an image of the disc.
     
  5. macrumors member

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    Yeah I ripped an iso from my laptop and just transferred it across. Quite easy the installation overall. 1st time.
     
  6. macrumors newbie

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    its an iso file. i did mount it to a usb, but when i restart to boot it up it says cant find bootable disk or something close to that.
     
  7. macrumors 6502

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    did you mount it yourself or did you let the bootcamp assistant do it?

    When I did it, I had the ISO file on the mac hard drive and the USB drive was empty.

    I then used bootcamp to format the USB drive and mount the windows image on it. It then adds its own drivers to the drive.
     
  8. macrumors newbie

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    i tried both ways. ive seriously tried every way i could find on the internet and once i get to the boot stage it cant find anything to to boot from. i should also mention im on lion. and i did see some other people saying they were having more troubles than with snow leopard. im considering just buying a external disc drive to see if that works
     

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