Installing bootcamp without superdrive in macbook pro- can i use a Mac Pro?

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  1. knucles, Oct 29, 2012
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    knucles macrumors regular

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    hi guys

    i'm strugling to install bootcamp on my late 2008 mbp because i dont have a superdrive - mine broke and i put a 2nd hdd in.

    Problem is that now i want to install bootcamp and i can't and all the tutorials i can find are pretty confusing....

    i have a mac pro too.... can i install bootcamp through the mac pro and stick the hdd it in the mbp?,

    thanks for the help



    IT WORKS

    Installed bootcamp and win7 in the disk while in the mac pro and put it on my mbp successfully. I've installed the drivers and everything seems to be working just fine.
     
  2. knucles thread starter macrumors regular

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  3. br3nt macrumors member

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    bootcamp as in windows or bootcamp as in bootcamp assistant?
     
  4. knucles thread starter macrumors regular

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    Basically i would remove the 2nd hdd from my mbp - put it in my mac pro - install windows in it - put it back in the mbp and install the drives for mbp.....

    will this work?
     
  5. terraphantm macrumors 68040

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    I don't think that'll work. Windows is much more sensitive to hardware changes than os x.

    I would just get a USB optical drive, or boot from a USB flash drive if your MBP supports it.
     
  6. nperei macrumors member

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    which Windows Version you trying to install on Bootcamp ?
     
  7. bogatyr macrumors 65816

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    I used a USB thumb drive to install Windows on my Retina MBP.
     
  8. nperei macrumors member

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    Also try the target mode if you have Windows XP
    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1661

    if you do have Windows 7 or 8 you can create them on flash drive.
    open Boot camp assent let it copy windows 7 or 8 disc to thumb drive
    you might want to use disk utility save disc to dmg (choose DVD/CD master)
    when you done change extension .dmg to .iso then go ahead create flash drive with bootcamp assiantant
     
  9. GuitarG20 macrumors 65816

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    when I installed bootcamp on my MBP, it wouldn't let me do it without using a superdrive. I ended up having to burn my windows 7 ISO to a DVD to make it work.

    For some reason they will let you do it with a thumb drive if you don't have a superdrive in your computer, but if you do, they demand you use a DVD. There are supposedly ways around it, but I didn't have any success with them.
     
  10. knucles thread starter macrumors regular

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    - i don't have a firewire disk.....

    - booting from an external dvd won't work - i'm using a late 2008 mbp...


    still stuck.....


    either xp or windows 7- whatever works.....

    thanks for the help
     
  11. GuitarG20 macrumors 65816

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    if this is the case then i would encourage you to look into the hacks that people say work for making it think you're allowed to bootcamp with USB... googling them would probably work best, I don't have links off the top of my head
     
  12. br3nt macrumors member

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    download the windows .ISO file either illegally or via MSDN/TechnNET, as long as you have a serial for the correct version nobody cares.

    plug in USB stick (min 8 gb, might work with a 4 GB) for the install
    and either one USB stick 4 gb or external HDD for the drivers to download to

    start bootcamp assistant and just, check all three boxes and press press next next next pretty much.
    (I would recommend at least 40 Gb for windows + some apps during vanilla install. I used 60 on mine, 33 Gb free now with pretty much only Office 2007 installed.)

    Your computer will reboot, hold down the ALT/option key when you hear the startup sound, choose the usb stick and windows installer will boot.

    choose the "BOOTCAMP" Partition and press Format (Not the red X, think it says delete), the former error message that windows can't install on this drive should be gone.
    Press next, fill in your serial key and let it install

    something like that :)
     
  13. knucles thread starter macrumors regular

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    this might work on a non optical-drive capable mac.

    it won't work in late 2008 mbp - it was the first thing that i've tried
     
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    IT WORKS

    Installed bootcamp and win7 in the disk while in the mac pro and put it on my mbp successfully. I've installed the drivers and everything seems to be working just fine
     
  15. br3nt macrumors member

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    then i've learned something new. Thanks for the correction :eek:
     

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