Installing Windows for Boot Camp w/o disk

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by HeyDudeItsSky, Jun 5, 2012.

  1. HeyDudeItsSky macrumors newbie

    May 31, 2012
    I have never installed Windows on my OSX machine before but it seems as the initial screen is saying that I need to install from a disk.
    a) I have a HDD in my optical drive slot
    b) I only have a downloaded copy of Windows 7

    Do I have a chance??

    Thanks! :)
  2. HeyDudeItsSky thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 31, 2012
  3. JalenMc macrumors newbie

    Jun 6, 2012
  4. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    You need to install via the internal Superdrive.

    This is a Mac hardware limitation. Does not allow you to install other OSes using an external disc drive.

    Only on the MacBook Air, can you install Windows with a USB drive (in fact on the MacBook Air, Apple provides the utility to make said drive). Now if you're wondering if this drive works on the MacBook Pro? No, it doesn't; I've tried.
  5. w00t951 macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2009
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Since OS X support booting from a USB/SD storage device, you could just use some other program (I'm sure there are many freebies) to partition your drive without deleting everything on it, and then plug in your USB/SD media and boot from that.
  6. theSeb macrumors 604


    Aug 10, 2010
    Poole, England
    It seems like you're stuck without the ODD.


    This also works on the 2011 Mini. :)

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