Installing Windows 7 from Ex HD

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by marshallbedsaul, Mar 21, 2011.

  1. marshallbedsaul macrumors 6502a

    marshallbedsaul

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    #1
    Hello,
    I have been going crazy trying to figure this out.
    what to figure out- how to install windows 7 on my macbook using external hard drive.

    why- superdrive is broke.

    I have windows 7 disk image
    Parallels 7 installed
    I have set up boot camp and set space aside for windows install
    and set up virtual machine

    Been following this guide
    didnt work

    http://www.tokyobit.com/2010/01/install-windows-7-in-bootcamp-on-macbook-pro-with-broken-superdrive/


    so has anyone done this yet?
    this (install windows 7 via extn HD)

    thanks guys
     
  2. Joshuarocks macrumors 6502

    Joshuarocks

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    Sorry, but no..

    You CANNOT install windows 7 from an external drive.. Microsoft is to blame for this one as they prefer to have you install it from an internal drive.. I believe there is a way to get it to boot from a USB flash drive, but it requires a whole lot of tweaking to get it to work.. Not worth it, in my opinion.. OS X is a whole different story, however - that can be installed from virtually any external drive or flash drive.
     
  3. marshallbedsaul thread starter macrumors 6502a

    marshallbedsaul

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    its for my gfs parents they need ie to watch dabdate.com streaming. If I could get it to stream on os x I would do it in a heart beat even bought flip4mac.
     
  4. balamw Moderator

    balamw

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    Can't you just do that in Parallels? Why do you need Boot Camp for simple streaming?

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  5. davegregory macrumors regular

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    OS X won't let you boot legacy software without a superdrive. I've tried at least 100 times. It can't be done. Boot Camp will not allow you to install from a USB drive. If you have the ISO of windows 7 just install it in parallels and enjoy.
     
  6. ddehr026 macrumors 6502

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    What he said :) Sorry man.
     
  7. marshallbedsaul thread starter macrumors 6502a

    marshallbedsaul

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    I am not 100% on how to use parallels

    Basically I just need that one stupid site to stream, so I need to find a way to stream and I wont have to worry about windows ever.
     
  8. Joshuarocks macrumors 6502

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    Forget Parallels, VMWARE Fusion is much easier to use and less buggy.
     
  9. balamw Moderator

    balamw

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    The OP claimed Parallels 7 was already installed in the first post.

    marshallbedsaul, read the Parallels documentation or find a guide. Installing and using Windows within Parallels will be FAR easier that what you were trying to do in your first post.

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