MBP Dual Hard Drives - Windows 7 - No Superdrive

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Cattywampus_, Jan 18, 2012.

  1. Cattywampus_ macrumors 6502a

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    Hi guys,

    Hoping you can all help.

    I just swapped the superdrive in my Macbook Pro 17inch Unibody with a hard drive.

    I have an SSD on the primary port and the original 500gb HDD where the superdrive was. The drive works fine no hardware problems.

    I wanted a drive structure like this:

    SSD 128GB - 1 Partition:
    Solely for OSX

    HDD 500GB - 2 Partitions:
    200 GB HFS+ File System / 300GB NTFS for Windows

    Now I thought 'how hard can it be to install Windows 7 without a superdrive'. Must have spent about 5 hours trying to get it working and for some reason I couldn't.

    What I have tried :-


    • I have a USB thumbdrive with my Windows 7 ISO - created with the Windows 7 USB/DVD Tool.

    • Plugging that USB thumb drive in and holding ALT at boot - not able to boot from the USB drive.

    • I have tried formatting the USB stick with both GUID and MBR partition maps. Neither worked.

    • I installed REFIT and tried to boot from the USB stick. When I booted I had my SSD drive plus what looked like 2 windows icons each with an external drive icon in the corner. Selecting either of these simply resulted in a blank screen with no progression. Switching the MBP off and rebooting was the only option.


    I must stress that I need to install Windows to the 300GB partition on the HDD. I really need 200gb of the HDD to store data while working in OSX. Is this possible?

    Any help appreciated.

    Thanks
     
  2. Cattywampus_ thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  3. Sincci macrumors regular

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    If the superdrive that you removed is still functional, I would suggest getting some kind of usb enclosure for it. My optibay adapter came with one and it allowed me to install Windows without any issues.
     
  4. Cattywampus_ thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Hi

    I managed to fix it this afternoon using a guide from here (involving Parallels desktop).

    Windows working perfectly!

    Thanks for the tip. I do have an enclosure on order.

    I was however lead to believe that even with an external DVD drive you couldn't install Windows.
     
  5. karolis30 macrumors newbie

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    So what have you done? I'm in the exactly the same situation, and did all your previous steps:)
     

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