Cannot install Win 7 without optical drive on MBP 2012

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Bluesky2011, Feb 3, 2013.

  1. Bluesky2011, Feb 3, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2013

    Bluesky2011 macrumors member

    Dec 25, 2012
    I am using macbook pro 13 mid 2012. I replaced 500gb HDD by 120gb SSD and moved HDD to optical drive place. Now there are two hard drive in my mbp and no optical drive. I tried many times but I couldn't install win 7 on HDD without an optical drive. I used usb to boot win 7 but until the stage of choosing partition to install, it always showed " window cannot support booting from this disk..." .
    I also tried using Winclone but after restoring It still couldn't boot from the window partition which I'd just used winclone to restore win 7 in. ( just a black screen appeared after holding option key and choosing window instead of mac)
    Anyone can help me? Thanks.
  2. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    If you'd done a forum search, you would've found out that you need a physical, internal disk drive to install windows, it's a windows setup thing, has nothing to do with OS X.
  3. LeeM macrumors 6502a

    Jan 1, 2012
    rubbish. i installed windows 7 on my 13" 2012 pro using a usb becuase ive got dual hdd setup.
    problem is probably that you have osx on the ssd, and trying to install windows on the hdd.
  4. GadgetGeek407 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 26, 2009
    Correct, I just installed windows 7 on my 13 MBPR last night using a USB drive and it took all but ten minutes to do.
  5. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    That's normal.

    The retinas and mba and all the other optical-less macs will have no trouble as their EFI is set to fool windows setup into thinking it's being installed from an internal dvd drive.
  6. hallux macrumors 68030


    Apr 25, 2012
    There's no "tricking" needed. Google it and you'll find LOTS of tutorials online for creating a Windows 7 installation flash drive.

    Here, I did it for you
  7. LeeM macrumors 6502a

    Jan 1, 2012
    i dont see the need for tutorials. bootcamp created the bootable usb for me?
  8. onerovico macrumors newbie

    Jun 25, 2012
    I think the problem is that you want to install windows on to the hdd in the optical bay!!

    I think there is something like a permission on the macbook 2012 (in firmware), so its not possible to change the partition table on the optical bay hdd or ssd.

    You have to change the position of your drives.

    And i know connection on optibay blah blah, I have a 15 inch 2012 and have full speed on both driveways.
  9. wathefak macrumors newbie

    Jan 13, 2009
    this is too troublesome to open up my MBP and unplug the main system SSD to install winblows in my HDD :mad: well, maybe I should live with virtualization...

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