Hey, decided to join here becuase it seems like alot of people know what theyre talking about so...here we go. I have also search, ive spent countless hours and attempts tying to set this thing up to no avail . Also, bear with me, i just started getting into computers and this is my first mac. To start off i have snow leopard (10.6.8) and i am trying to install windows 7. Now in the ISO i have downloaded i have setups for both the 64 bit and 32bit version. i know snow leopard can run on the 64 bit version and luckily, when i mount the flashdrive, that seems like the dominant version. I have also installed windows 7 but only through a VM. My goal is to run windows in a dual boot mode, i dont not want to use a VM. Also, the reason i am using a flashdrive is becuase i have no windows DVD..so heres what i have attemped. Bootcamp: Ran boot camp (3.0?) and partitioned my HDD like instructed, files have already been backed up. Ive learn that bootcamp wont install from external HDD so that was the end of that Bootcamp and VM (parallels): Ive read that you can run windows 7 and from a VM actually get what you need to install windows on the bootcamp partition...Need more info in this area Creating bootable flash drive: First i tried using the SD on my phone. Mmounted the iso succesfully but i still cant it to show up in system perfernces>startup disk...or when i use the hold "option" during startup. I then swicthed over to an actual 8gb flashdrive but still...does not show up in "start up disk" or during the actual boot up..But both devices DO show up in disk utilities. Create bootable flash drive pt2:http://www.webupd8.org/2009/04/4-ways-to-create-bootable-live-usb.html This was through Mac terminal. 1st time was on phone SD, i waited like 2hrs to mount(?) iso image but i think i got some error msg, anyway the files were on there BUT still didnt work I follow instructions again for the flash drive and i get operation not supported. Create bootable flashdrive pt 3: Windows 7 cmd prompt. After all this....lol...i dont remember but it didnt work Disk utilies: Restoring the source, .iso image, does not work. Error message invalid source comes up or invalid argument. Reformat: Ive tried reformatting the drive from MS-FAT to MAC extend journal while having the option as MBR or GUID. Still does not work windowa USB/backup tool:http://www.tech-recipes.com/rx/9136...with-boot-camp-without-an-external-dvd-drive/ This helped me put the iso img on the flash drive. I ran this program through Parallels, and my instructions were to selec the USB after holding option, but as i have mentioned, USB device does not appear rEFIT: Ive read that intel mac dont have the drivers for EFI prgrams or something, so this program would help make up for that. It does work well, as far booting the mac hdd but still doesnt boot up like i should...I know..the link is for a macbook air but i figred it would be close So, your question right now is dude...how long have you been doin this...and what does work: Ive spending countless hours and staying up late night researching and trial and errors, i can say all my hours totaled have been close to 24. Im kind of learning along the way... Now what happens is,...while the drive is connected..Mac boots up, rEFIt takes over and give me 2 options. Run mac HD OR run windows from partition 1 BUT when i run windows it gives me some legacy error so i cannot so that. Windows 7 works in parallels fine. Windows recognizes the flash drive. Mac finder recognizes flashdrive. Disk utilities reads both devices phone SD/Flash drive. Disk Utilites Restore doesnt work Now i think ive covered most of it...sry for such a long post. Once you come back to reality and your eyes and brain stop hurting i could defitinitly use your help. Please feel free to give me any input on 1 of my MANY method, on how to get it working.