External Samsung Optical Drive not working

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Bawsh, Mar 27, 2012.

  1. Bawsh macrumors newbie

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    Hello,

    I recently bought a MacBook Pro and replaced the SuperDrive with an OptiBay with my original 750GB drive and put an SSD in the HD space. I'm now trying to install Windows 7 in BootCamp but none of my DVD drives work. I tried using the SuperDrive enclosure included with my OptiBay but it didn't work. The drive would turn on but it couldn't eject nor was it detected on my MacBook. I then bought an external Samsung optical drive (this one here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0044DEDBG/ref=oh_o03_s00_i00_details?tag=acleint-20 ). I received it today so I plugged it in to my MacBook and I see it in Disk Utility and Finder when I put in a disc (as seen in the pictures) but as you also see in Finder, there is only 1 file that's a .txt file. Then in Boot Camp Assistant, when I press 'Install' to install Windows 7 it tells me the installer disc can't be found. I don't understand what's wrong because both the SuperDrive and this Samsung external drive don't work even though the Samsung drive seems to be detected by disk utility. Do I need to format it or something? And if so, what do I format it as?
    Any help is appreciated!

    Thanks!
     

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  2. maflynn Moderator

    maflynn

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    The problem is you cannot boot up the windows 7 disk from any optical drive that is connected to the USB port. There's a number of threads already detailing this.

    There may be a work around, but I have not come across one.
     
  3. simsaladimbamba

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    You can't format an ODD, only the medium.

    Anyway, since Windows does not like to be installed from an external device, you have some modding to do.
    I recently had to reinstall Windows 7 on a PC and I had to use an external HDD (though a USB flash memory thumb drive might work too, but as it is much slower than any HDD, I chose the USB HDD route).
    I formatted one of my free HDDs via Windows (in a VMWare Fusion VM) using this video.
    It probably can be applied to any USB flash memory thumb drive if you want too.
     
  4. Bawsh thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'm going to try putting it on my USB Flash drive. Hope it works or else I'm going to have to remove the OptiBay and put in the SuperDrive for a while just to do this.
     
  5. Bawsh, Mar 27, 2012
    Last edited: Mar 27, 2012

    Bawsh thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Alright, I got everything installed by taking my OptiBay out and putting the SuperDrive in to install Windows 7 then vice-versa lol.
    Just one more question, is it possible to use part of the 750GB drive in the OptiBay for Windows as well? I set aside 79GBs on my SSD for Windows and only about 38GBs are left after installation of Windows and the drivers.
    Edit: Never mind.
     
  6. cagen macrumors newbie

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    i've had some problems although i havent had problems with the partitioning; however this post might help you when you get to installing windows 7 :)

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1346929

    i posted a solution for installing windows 7 on a optibay drive ;)
     

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