MBP + Optibay + ASUS External DVD-RW = Boot from Install Media?

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  1. sk3tch macrumors regular

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    Hi guys,

    I just pulled the trigger on buying OWC's Data Doubler and a 750GB WD Scorpio Black 2.5" HDD drive for my incoming 15" MBP. I plan on installing Mac OS X and Windows on my 128GB SSD (70GB OS X / 50GB Win7). My question is, in the case where I need to reinstall an OS (be it Mac OS X or Windows 7) can I safely use rEFIt to boot and install from an ASUS SDRW-08D2S-U/D-BK DVD-RW via USB 2.0?

    I would just hate to have to keep reinstalling my Superdrive for these scenarios...and I went with OWC because they seemed to have a better kit for the $$$ versus MCE. Did I make a bad decision?

    Thanks!
     
  2. gullySn0wCat macrumors 6502

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    It should work, I would suggest making a USB key with an image of the installer on it, though. An easy step to save you a lot of hassle.
     
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    sk3tch thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the response. I did a Google search on creating a OS X USB key...lots of results. Do you have a favorite or a recommended methodology? TIA.
     
  4. laser71 macrumors regular

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    I can't answer your question - but you and I are building the EXACT same computer - same drives, same method, and we even bought the same external DVD drives.
     
  5. sk3tch thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ha...I have a high-end 15" coming too...did you go for Hi-Res AR for your screen, as well? Then we're completely twins! :)

    We will have to keep in touch throughout the upgrade process.
     
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    gullySn0wCat macrumors 6502

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  8. sk3tch thread starter macrumors regular

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  9. sk3tch thread starter macrumors regular

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    yup! hi-res anti-glare.
     

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