Reinstalling Windows 8 in Optibay Drive.

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by M-B-P, Mar 16, 2013.

  1. M-B-P macrumors regular

    May 15, 2010

    I've got my 2010 MBP set up with an SSD in the main bay and a traditional HD as my secondary in place of the sueprdrive. While setting that up, I originally installed windows 7 using a dvd on the traditional HD prior to installing the SSD and removing the internal superdrive. I then wiped the OSX partition on the HD, put the SSD in the main bay, placed the HD in place of the superdrive, and installed OSX on the SSD. A couple of months later, I upgraded the windows 7 to windows 8.

    Now the problem is that I installed a screenshot program to complete a project approaching its deadline on windows 8. The things is that it came with a virus, one of those autorunning scam programs that says you have 456 viruses on your PC so give me your credit card number to remove those viruses.

    Now, I want to do a clean install of windows 8 on that partiton. I know there may be ways of removing the malicious program but I won't have any piece of mind using the windows partition knowing that it was infected. Also on a side note, is my data on my OSX partiton in danger because of that program on windows 8?

    Any suggestions on how to reinstall windows 8 (or 7, then upgrading to 8) without putting the HD and superdrive back in their places?

    Thanks in advance! :)
  2. BlueRaider macrumors regular

    Mar 2, 2012
    I had to do a Windows 7 install on a 2011 15" MBP set up in an identical manner last year. The easiest solution for me was to place the HDD back in the primary slot, reinstall the Super Drive, then install Windows via Bootcamp. I searched for an easier way and never found it.

    Put your SSD in an external case, boot from it, then install Windows via the Super Drive onto the HDD you placed back into the primary HDD slot on the MBP. Once Windows is installed and working replace the SuperDrive with the HDD and place the SSD back into the primary slot.

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