Transferring Windows 7 partition onto Bootcamp

borcanm

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Hi I have a 2009 MBP with OSX 10.6 on it. What I want to know is if it's possible to create a windows 7 partition in either Parallels or VMware Fusion and then transfer than partition onto the Bootcamp partition. The reason is, is that the optical drive doesn't work anymore and so im having a hard time figureing out how to do it. I have an external Asus DVD drive & a 32Gb usb stick too, maybe I can do something with those.

Thanks for the assistance guys.
 

snaky69

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Hi I have a 2009 MBP with OSX 10.6 on it. What I want to know is if it's possible to create a windows 7 partition in either Parallels or VMware Fusion and then transfer than partition onto the Bootcamp partition. The reason is, is that the optical drive doesn't work anymore and so im having a hard time figureing out how to do it. I have an external Asus DVD drive & a 32Gb usb stick too, maybe I can do something with those.

Thanks for the assistance guys.
Nope, the other way around works fine though. Parallels and VMware do not create partitions and cannot be exported as a bootcamp partition.
 

borcanm

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Nope, the other way around works fine though. Parallels and VMware do not create partitions and cannot be exported as a bootcamp partition.
So I can use the external Asus dvd drive or the 32Gb stick to install windows on bootcamp? I read somewhere that it couldn't boot off external dvd or stick.
 

saturnotaku

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So I can use the external Asus dvd drive or the 32Gb stick to install windows on bootcamp? I read somewhere that it couldn't boot off external dvd or stick.
Since you have a 2009 MBP, booting from an external source might work. More modern systems have limitations when it comes to installing Boot Camp.
 

takeshi74

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Have you read the Boot Camp Install & Setup Guide? An excerpt from the guide:
You may be able to install Windows 7 with a USB flash drive that contains a Windows 7 ISO
image downloaded from Microsoft. To check whether you can do so, open Boot Camp
Assistant, click Continue, and see if the option “Create a Windows 7 install disk” is available.
To install Windows 7 with a USB flash drive, you need the following:
- An ISO image of Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate downloaded
from Microsoft.
- A USB flash drive with 4 GB or more.
Boot Camp Assistant erases the flash drive, and copies to it the Windows 7 ISO
image and software drivers that let Windows work with your Mac hardware