can you install W7 via an exteranl superdrive

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Ksb-online, Dec 5, 2010.

  1. Ksb-online macrumors regular

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    I have my boot camp partition set up and ready for the windows 7 install, i have efi also to get the optional boot menu, but when I attempt to install windows 7 via a usb superdrive i get stuck as the "windows is loading files" screen

    I have restarted and tried it about 5 times before searching and finally posting on here

    can any one tell me if it is possible please, I really don't want to open my MBP up just to install windows!
     
  2. balamw Moderator

    balamw

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    USB boot of Windows is very finicky and depends very heavily on the combination of USB drive, Mac and Windows disc.

    Read this thread: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=601414. Two basic methods for installing on most Macs without an optical drive. Either use VM software to get the W7 files on your partition before the first reboot or use a throwaway partition on the internal to host your install files.

    On some hardware (like the 2010 MBA) folks have also reported that using rEFIt can help the Mac boot from a properly formatted USB key or external optical drive. YMMV with rEFIt. http://refit.sf.net

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