Lion on SSD, Windows 7 on HDD

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  1. negativzero macrumors 6502

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    Guys, I need to install Win 7 on my HDD which is in the optibay slot. I have Lion on the SSD which is in the main harddisk bay and I have the Win 7 utility disk burned before swapping out the optical drive and my Win 7 disk ready. But I'm not really sure how to proceed without the optical disk now. Any tips on how to progress from here?
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    Start Boot Camp Assistant and select the HDD as target for the Windows 7 installation and BCA will then ask you, if you want to install or not and then hopefully see your USB flash memory thumb drive with the Windows 7 installer on it.


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  3. alphaod macrumors Core

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    You cannot install Windows without the original internal Superdrive.

    Only the MacBook Air supports installing Windows via an USB flash drive.

    So there are a couple ways to go about this:
    1) Move your HDD to your main bay and put the Superdrive back in to install Windows. Remove the optical drive when you're done with the install.
    2) Move the HDD to another computer and install Windows. Move the HDD back after installation.
    3) Use virtualization instead.
     
  4. negativzero thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Wow, ok this sucks. Then in this case, can I borrow a MBA Supedrive and use that to install Win7 on my HDD?
     
  5. simsaladimbamba

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    Sadly no, as Windows doesn't like to be installed from an external device.

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  6. alphaod macrumors Core

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    No, you can only use the internal optical drive. This applies to all Macs (ie: MacBook, MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac mini, Mac Pro) except the MacBook Air, which does not have an internal optical drive (hence the ability to use an external USB drive on the MacBook Air).
     
  7. grazykid macrumors newbie

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    You can install windows without the superdrive if you have parallels. There is a trick that can be done so you can do it. Search the forum and you ll find it. I know because I've done it.
     
  8. nepalisherpa macrumors 68020

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    OP, see if this will work: http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msstore/html/pbPage.Help_Win7_usbdvd_dwnTool You will need a Windows PC and your DVD to accomplish this though.
     

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