Installing Windows for Boot Camp w/o disk

HeyDudeItsSky

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May 31, 2012
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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! :)
 

alphaod

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Feb 9, 2008
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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.
 
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w00t951

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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.
 
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theSeb

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That only walks you thru setup if you have Windows on a disk. I have an ISO.
It seems like you're stuck without the ODD.

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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.
This also works on the 2011 Mini. :)
 
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