Creating Window 7 boot disk w/Disk Utility

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by musashi1600, May 26, 2009.

  1. musashi1600 macrumors newbie

    May 26, 2009
    I'm currently in the process of trying to install Win7 on my Macbook Pro (purchased July '07) using an ISO burned to a DVD with Disk Utility. Unfortunately, the DVD isn't bootable, and while the symptoms match what's in this blog post, the author's solution involved using a Windows-only program.

    I'd like to know if it's possible to re-burn the ISO without the version number in the filenames as in the original solution, but with Disk Utility or something else that a Mac can use.
  2. LtRammstein macrumors 6502a


    Jun 20, 2006
    Denver, CO
    Sorry to ask this, but did you torrent (legally) the install ISO or not?

    Sometimes if the torrent isn't legal, there are issues with burning/installing. Also, try to find a copy of the ISO that isn't modified from the original content. That means if it has a version number in it's name, leave it that way!

    All the Windows installs I've created have worked fine when I burned them through Disk Utility. I burn them at a very slow rate and have it verify data once it's done burning.
  3. Mrbill317 macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2007

    It actually doesnt have anything to do with the downloaded torrent version.
    There is efi issue with the microsoft downloaded copy as well. Yes you are going to need to run something to update the bootsector on that dvd.
    Here is the exact instructions I used , why dont you just install Parallels trial version or something.
    I have updated 7100 and 7127 with this procedure fine.

    Obviously just update the info for windows7 or vista. I have even used this procedure on vista x64 for my macpro and macbook pro.
  4. musashi1600 thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 26, 2009
    My problem is that fix requires a Windows machine to apply, and I don't have a Windows machine.
  5. neilhart macrumors 6502


    Oct 11, 2007
    SF Bay Area - Fremont
    The Chicken and the Egg ...

    One way is to install Win 7 to your machine using VMware Fusion (free download and will let you install from an iso). Then from the virtual windows, burn the image on your SuperDrive using Nero or Roxio. Then install to the BootCamp partition.
  6. logana macrumors 65816


    Feb 4, 2006
    I downloaded Win 7 from Microsoft and then burned the image in Toast on a Mac - Win 7 installed perfectly.

    I would never use Apple Disk Utility to burn a Windows boot disk anyway...

    Toast works fine on a Mac........
  7. Stridder44 macrumors 68040


    Mar 24, 2003

    Ditto that. Toast has never failed me. Ever. Never really used Disk Utility to burn a disc.

    Musashi1600, you might want to try out an application called Burn. It's free and works fantastically.
  8. musashi1600 thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 26, 2009
    How do I use Burn to make a bootable disk from the ISO?
  9. 2ms macrumors 6502

    Nov 22, 2002
    I just tried to use Toast Titanium 10 and apparently I didn't use the right setting to burn my Windows installer (Windows 7 RC) disk because when I tell Boot Camp Assistant to "Start Windows Installation", it comes back with a message saying no installer disc found :(

    Could someone tell me what setting to use in Toast to produce an installer disc from the iso file downloaded from Microsoft? I can't seem to get this to work with either the settings that seem correct to me in Toast or with any setting in Disk Utility.

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