Getting around not having a CD drive.

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  1. Corus macrumors newbie

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    Just purchased a new Mac Book, with retina display. I figured I would be able to live without a CD drive, so I didn't bother asking for one.

    Anyways, I'm trying to run windows through virtual box. Of course I need something for the Virtual windows to boot off of. I do have a windows installation disk, and another computer with a CD drive running windows.

    How would you guys recommend doing this? Obviously I'll have to make a Virtual drive, or be able to boot from a flash drive, Neither of which I'm familiar with in a Mac.

    Thanks In advance
     
  2. NewbieCanada macrumors 68030

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    Install Remote Disc on your windows PC (I assume they're both networked)

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5287

    Not sure about Virtual Box, but it probably allows you to install Windows from an .iso file on your Mac hard drive.
     
  3. ChristianVirtual macrumors 601

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    Are the windows and Mac connected via network ? would might could share the CD from windows system and let virtual box install from that share. Or use a pice of software to make an ISO file from the CD and give this ISO file to VB for installation.
     
  4. cvaldes, Aug 25, 2012
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    cvaldes macrumors 68040

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    I'd spend $20-25 on a cheapo external DVD-RW drive (or borrow one).

    My Mac mini server (mid-2010 model) didn't have a built-in DVD burner, so I bought the external.

    If you can afford a Retina Display MacBook, you can afford a $25 DVD burner. Chances are it'll last five years and you'll use it at least 2-3 times a year, especially if you rip CDs or DVDs.
     
  5. SlCKB0Y macrumors 68040

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    Just make a Windows USB installer on the Windows machine:
    http://arstechnica.com/business/2009/12/the-usb-flash-drive/
     

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