Boot camp without a CD drive?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by redct, Dec 31, 2009.

  1. redct macrumors newbie

    Dec 31, 2009

    I have a Macbook Pro 17" (MacBookPro2,1 I believe) and it has a busted Superdrive that won't read or burn CDs and DVDs. However, I want to dual boot Windows 7—is this even possible?

    I've already tried a bit of a long-winded solution. I used Parallels to install a virtual copy of Windows 7, then booted into that copy, used it and a Windows 7 ISO to make a bootable flash drive, installed rEFIt, and tried to boot from my flash drive. However, that doesn't seem to work as rEFIt just errors out and then prompts you to restart, saying that the firmware refuses to boot, and that support for booting legacy OSes from external drives is rather shaky.

  2. neilhart macrumors 6502


    Oct 11, 2007
    SF Bay Area - Fremont
    People with a MBA have the same problem, no internal DVD drive. I installed BootCamp WinXp on my MBA using a kludged USB interface to a loose internal DVD drive (from a PC using in external power supply to provide power to the DVD drive).

    Some time ago I saw tips on generating an image of a VM and then installing the image to a BootCamp generated partition. However my solution worked so I did not follow up on this idea.
  3. redct thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 31, 2009
    That might work, although I'll have to see if I can scrounge up a CD drive from somebody.

    Any other ideas?

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