How to make a bootable Win 7 64-bit USB drive?

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  1. jon08 macrumors 65816

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    Since I'll be removing my optical drive, I'd like to make a bootable USB drive for Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, so that I can install them on Bootcamp partition later on.

    How can I make a bootable USB (Win 7) on OS X?

    I've seen a couple of tutorials for making a bootable USB drive while in Windows, and even that required Windows 7 64-bit INSTALLED in order to be able to make a bootable 64-bit version. The problem is I currently have 32-bit installed in my Bootcamp.
     
  2. weckart macrumors 68040

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    Bootcamp will install Windows from an ISO image, so no bootable usb is needed.
     
  3. jon08 thread starter macrumors 65816

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  4. jon08 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Btw, will Bootcamp install Windows from ISO onto a HDD in Optibay in the same way too?
     
  5. CanadianGuy macrumors member

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    Similar problems

    I've got a late 2011 MacBook Pro, with an OWC SSD in the main drive bay, and the original HD in the optical bay using the OWC data doubler.

    I have a legit version of Windows 7 Pro, bought from Best Buy so it's a physical DVD.

    Using an external DVD drive, to access the DVD. But it just will not seem to install.

    The system attempts to boot the DVD, then gives me a black screen with just the flashing cursor. Read somewhere online it can take a few minutes. Left it for hours while out, came back, still just a flashing cursor.

    Any ideas?

    If I solve it, I'll come back and post the solution here.

    Thanks.
     
  6. jamesr19 macrumors 6502

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    Try it with a Bootable USB. Microsoft offer the tool for download (although I think it needs to be run on windows machine to work, but you can easily do this under a vm) (http://www.informationweek.com/byte/howto/personal-tech/storage-memory/231000246)

    Alternatively, using diskutil (in terminal) you could mark the optibay drive as the primary disk and see if that helps...
     
  7. johndoo macrumors newbie

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    Hi CanadianGuy,

    I have the same problem.. a late 2011 MacBook Pro, with an OCZ SSD in the main drive bay, and the original HD in the optical bay using the OWC data doubler.

    And when I try to install windows 7 with bootcamp and an external DVD I've got black screen..

    Please let me know if you find a solution..
     

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