Bobby Corwen

macrumors 68030
Original poster
Jul 16, 2010
Ok so a few months ago there was no way to get Win7 on an optibay rig without some serious drive swapping. You had to remove and replace drives just to get around the fact that the disk reader was no longer internl and because of Win7's boot requirements.

Now we have the new Bootcamp (it even looks for wifi) and it will let you see USB ports and so on and so forth.

I have an SSD in the primary and HDD in the sencondary optibay. Early 2011 MBP with up to date Lion.

I have an empty 4GB USB pen drive.

I have Refit.

I have a Win7 disk.

My question is what are my options? Can I install Win7 to Bootcamp from my HDD or only my SSD?

I would be willing to do anything software wise without having to open up my case.


Help me.

For the sake of the Old Republic...


macrumors 6502
May 4, 2011
Hi there. I had the same problem. I ended up putting the superdrive back in. I just saw your thread and was hoping that the issue would be resolved now. So I tried booting from my Win 7 DVD using the external superdrive but it didn't work. Sadly...


macrumors 601
Jun 13, 2007
Can Win7 not install from an external DVD driver? What about all those netbooks without DVD drives? Surely there must be a way around this.


macrumors 6502a
Oct 25, 2007
O'fallon IL
Having the same issue here. Really aggravating and I'm not willing to reinstall the optical drive.

Would defeat the purpose anyway since I'm trying to install Windows to the 1TB in the old optical bay.


macrumors member
Aug 9, 2011
I know there is a option for a USB Drive but I wont let me select it. Also I have not been able to boot into the disk


Also when looking at the info.plst I saw this


I dont know how add the 13 15 or 17 Macbook Pro's because I dont know the identifier but I someone knew this then we would be able to use a USB Drive
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