Method to trick the iMac into thinking an external disc drive is the internal one?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by marcel-v, Jan 19, 2011.

  1. marcel-v macrumors regular

    Oct 25, 2006
    My internal disc drive failed to work some time ago, since then I have purchased an external drive. I have all sorts of problems with this, one being that I cannot use Boot Camp to install Windows XP.

    Can this be done?
  2. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    Nope. The problem is generally that where it is needed for Boot Camp, the OS is not running. Some combinations of hardware and firmware work others don't.

    You can either use a workaround as I posted in your Windows on Mac thread or you can disassemble the Mac and actually connect an external optical drive to the SATA port used for the internal drive.


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