Could I install Windows 7 this way?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by anamznazn, Jun 20, 2012.

  1. anamznazn macrumors regular

    anamznazn

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    Alright, so here's the background. I have a Macbook Pro (early/mid 2011). The superdrive is broken and I'm having trouble installing Windows 7 via bootcamp because booting up via USB is not supported.

    I made a partition on the harddrive for windows through disk utility. Can I take the physical harddrive out and place it inside a PC laptop and install windows on THAT partition?

    Afterwards, I'll just put that harddrive back into the Macbook Pro. Is this possible or do you think any problems will come up?
     
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  3. anamznazn thread starter macrumors regular

    anamznazn

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    I didn't think anyone would respond, but thanks. Here's my experience if anybody's curious.

    I went ahead and took out the MBP's HDD and placed it inside a Dell's laptop. I booted the laptop with a Windows 7 install CD and installed Windows on the partition I made previously from disk utility. The Mac's partition could not be seen - I'm assuming it's because its format is mac's journaled extended. The install went fine without any hiccup.

    After the install, I removed the HDD and placed it back inside the MBP. I held the option key and turned the laptop on. I was happy to see that the Window's partition was selectable so I went ahead and clicked on that. Unfortunately, I was presented with the blue screen of death and the system turned off immediately. I was unable to get into Windows no matter how many times I tried.

    I was able to boot into the System Recovery Options screen and tried letting it repair itself. That was an endless loop and did not help at all.

    I had this weird idea with a Windows 7 usb flash drive install I had. I clicked on Command Prompt and tried accessing the flash drive. It was able to read the flash drive and all the install files were there! I went ahead and ran the setup.exe file and it took me directly to the Windows 7 install screen. The install went perfectly fine and I was able to boot to Windows 7 normally after everything was done.

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