Really dumb question. Can you install OS XP from an external cd-drive?

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  1. Hugh macrumors 6502a

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    My CD/DVD L (and so on) isn't working right. I put the disc in, it makes a loud grinding noise. So I figured that it would be cheaper if I just bought an External CD-RW/DVD+/- DL +/- with lightscribe for a good drive.

    I don't have it yet. Since the internal drive isn't working does this mean I'm up the s++t, when it comes to installing Windows XP or Windows 7?

    If there is a way...How do you do it. :(
     
  2. tjb1 macrumors 68000

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    Nope, im not sure if a firewire drive will work but I have my superdrive in an external usb case and it doesnt work. Even tried loading it onto a flash drive and using rEFIt to boot, doesnt work... Only way to do it I have seen is use Parallels.

    Here is a thread about it and how they get it to work with Parallels - http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=631901
     
  3. Hugh thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for your reply. When I have the time I will read how they did it with Paralles. Which I wouldn't think about trying it though. :( For some reason would think it would be really hard to do it though way. Oh well if I need to re-instal and don't want to work around with Parallels or Fusion for that matter.

    I'll just get the drive replaced, and knowing Apple it will cost $100 for the drive whatever for the labor. Right now I am looking a good price DVD-/+ DL with lightscribe. Which seems to be an interesting way to label your discs.

    Hugh
     
  4. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030

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    Strange... my 15" MacBook Pro Boots just fine to my external DVD drive with a Windows XP SP2 CD.

    I just booted and held down the option key to select the external Windows disc. It booted to a normal Windows install. I have a first-gen unibody MBP.
     
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    Some combinations of drive and firmware do work reliably. Others don't. Try the particular combination before giving up.

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  6. Hugh thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It might be able to boot from the install disk, but can you install XP from an external drive? I would think the first half of the install would work but the second half it wouldn't know to go to the external drive. :confused:

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  7. balamw Moderator

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    Usually the second half of a Windows install is completed from the HDD.

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  8. Piplodocus macrumors regular

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    Never worked for me from an external USB/FW DVD drive.

    Works for OSX install, but not Win7, hence I have to do lots of drive shuffling if I want to reinstall Win7 since I have an optibay.
     

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