Installing Windows (Bootcamp) from External FW800 DVD drive.

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by odinsride, Mar 31, 2011.

  1. odinsride macrumors 65816

    odinsride

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    Hi,

    I just want to confirm with others whether or not it's possible to install Windows Bootcamp from an external FW800 drive, before I tear down my MBP and put the optical drive back in just for this purpose.

    I recently upgraded my MBP with an SSD + Optical Bay Mounting kit from OWC to use my original HDD as storage. I plan on creating a small partition on the original HDD for Bootcamp.

    I have not had much success booting to the Windows 7 install disc from my external drive, and have done a bit of reading - following suggestions to try using Refit, etc. Still no luck.

    If I get no other suggestions, I will have to put my optical drive back in my MBP, and put my original HDD back in the primary bay just to install bootcamp. Then I will put my original HDD back in the opti-bay mount, and put my SSD back in the primary bay - just trying to avoid all of these steps if possible.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Consultant macrumors G5

    Consultant

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    Can install with USB harddrive with some work, but it'll be faster just to put the optical drive back in.
     
  3. mulo macrumors 68020

    mulo

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    I'm in that same boat as you, but for the life of me I cannot get it to boot of the thumb drive that I made (and yes it works with two other pcs)
     
  4. odinsride thread starter macrumors 65816

    odinsride

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    Thanks for the responses...looks like i'll have a tedious little project for the weekend :rolleyes:
     

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