[Solved] Windows 7 x64 & MacBook Pro 5,4

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by dannymarr, Dec 23, 2009.

  1. dannymarr macrumors member

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    Hi MacRumors community,

    I'm having a lot of trouble trying to install Windows 7 64-bit Ultimate on my late-2009 Macbook Pro. When I get to "Expanding Windows Files..." the superdrive spins down and everything freezes at various percentages each time I've tried. I once got to "Finalizing Your Settings" but then the same symptoms happened. Is this normal? I tried installing Windows 7 32-bit Ultimate and it worked fine.

    I tried installing Vista Home Premium 64-bit with the hopw of upgrading to Windows 7 but had the same problem.

    My specs are.

    - Mac OS X 10.6.2
    - Processor: 2.53 GHz
    - RAM: 4 GB 1067 MHz DDR3
    - HDD: 500GB WD Scorpio Blue
    - GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 9400M
    - Boot Camp Assistant: Version 3.01

    Thanks for reading this post.

    - Dan
     
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  3. dannymarr thread starter macrumors member

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    Unfortunately not that simple. I've used that disc to install Windows 7 x64 Ultimate on my family's Nehalem quad-core Mac Pro, my 8-core Mac Pro and an old Dell 5150 with a Pentium 4 3.2GHz. :p

    It's not the disc. :(
     
  4. dannymarr thread starter macrumors member

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    Problem caused by Hard Drive

    Figured out the problem. It's something to do with the WD Scorpio Blue hard drive. When I put back the original factory Fujitsu 250GB it worked without a hitch.

    The WD Scorpio Blue in question is the WD5000BEVT, 24 Nov 2008. Its history is that I used it for about 9 months in a Sony Vaio SZ before pulling it out and reformatting it.

    Has anyone else had this problem with this hard drive? Any recommendations on a quiet 500GB or 1TB hard drive that I can buy for my MBP? Thanks!
     
  5. dannymarr thread starter macrumors member

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    Hitachi 500GB 5400rpm Travelstar 5K500.B

    Decided to go with the Hitachi 500GB 5400rpm Travelstar 5K500.B because it balances power and performance well. :)
     

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