Broken Optical Drive

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mdo13, Nov 23, 2014.

  1. mdo13 macrumors newbie

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    I tried to install Windows 7 on my MacBook Pro Mid-2010 13 inch laptop. I soon found out that the optical drive in the laptop no longer works and is beyond repair (without sending it out for repairs). I have tried every troubleshooting tips Apple Support and MacRumors has to offer (editing Bootcamp plist for USB, using ReFit), but to no avail. I know it is possible to buy an Apple Superdrive for ~$70, but those are not compatible with my computer without changing a .plist. Is it possible to install Windows 7 with Bootcamp on a Mac compatible external usb optical drive?
     
  2. sebseb macrumors 6502

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    You have the option to install windows, using a USB drive. This is a manual from Apple and it says the following;

    To install Windows with a USB flash drive, you need the following:
    • An ISO image of Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 8, or Windows 8 Pro, downloaded from Microsoft.
    • A USB flash drive that is 8 GB or larger.
    Boot Camp Assistant erases the flash drive and copies the Windows ISO and support software to it.
     
  3. mdo13 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Macbook Pro Mid 2010 13 inch does not support the option to install windows from a USB Drive.
     
  4. sebseb macrumors 6502

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    What OS are you running on your Mac?
     
  5. mdo13 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yosemite 10.10.1
     
  6. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    It doesn't matter, Macs that shipped with an optical drive will not boot a windows USB.

    OP, why don't you buy an optical drive from ifixit and swap your defective one out? It takes all of 5 minutes if you have the correct screwdrivers on hand.
     
  7. mdo13 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Bought an LG External Optical Drive today, works fine. Im going to be buying a new computer within a year or so since im going to be graduating soon. Got windows 7 installed today.
     
  8. cjmillsnun macrumors 68020

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    because 90 bucks for a DVD drive is a rip off, especially as you can pick up a generic external that will work for $20
     
  9. sebseb macrumors 6502

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    If Macs with optical drive cant boot form usb, why doesn't apple mention it? I tried it and yes mine doesn't have the option but apple doesn't say it in their document! And I think it's stupid that apple doesn't allow install using usb!
     
  10. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    Can't boot Windows installation from USB, the rest'll work.
     

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