Getting around not having a CD drive.

Corus

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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
 

NewbieCanada

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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
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.
 

ChristianVirtual

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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.
 

cvaldes

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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.
 
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