External DVD for Macbook Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Bossboss, Aug 3, 2011.

  1. Bossboss macrumors member

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    Since I have optibay, I'm going to need an external DVD drive for my new mbp. My question is: does any external dvd drive work? I need one that will let me install windows 7 on bootcamp.

    I heard the external superdrive for the air doesn't work on mbp? Any recommendations from someone knowledgeable?

    Thanks!
     
  2. getz76 macrumors 6502a

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    Do a quick search, you will not be able to install Windows with an external DVD. There are workarounds.
     
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    The Air SuperDrive only works on the Air and mini. Any regular $20 DVD burner should work as an external, while also being much faster and more reliable than Apple's SuperDrives.

    I've read that Windows won't install from an external DVD drive, but I just put my installer on a $7 USB flash drive and it's faster than installing from DVD.
     
  4. blevins321 macrumors 68030

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    I believe you can do it with a flash drive. The new minis and airs even make one within boot camp.
     

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