what to do with optibay hdd?

Afbar1114

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Installed optibay hdd and have symlinking set up. What files can i put on it and can i put windows on it?
 

alphaod

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Of course you can put files on it. ;)

And yes you can put Windows on it.

Now here is the kicker… you cannot install Windows from an external USB optical drive or flash drive on a Mac. This is an Apple limitation for any Mac with a built-in SuperDrive.

If you want to install Windows:
Don't try to use BootCamp Assistant; that will simply tell you to format the entire drive for Windows (unless that's your intention)~

Instead simply go to Disk Utility, and go to the partition tab. Click the little plus and add a partition. Give it a name you'll remember, but don't waste your time on it (reason comes later), so don't spend forever thinking up a name or picking the format; just pick Mac Extended; pick how much you want partitioned to Windows and click Okay. It will partition out this much space.

Now you need to move your optibay into the main bay and reinstall the SuperDrive. Boot up while holding the option key. Then choose the Windows installer. When it asks for the place to install, pick the partition your sized up earlier and click format; this will format it and give it a default name (why you shouldn't bother with thinking up a fancy name earlier). After everything is done, you can remove the optical drive again with your optibay HDD back into the optibay and whatever drive you had back into the HDD bay. You don't need the internal optical drive for anything, but installing Windows for the first time (and subsequent reinstalls); if you need to install software or playback a movie, an external drive will work fine.

Since you can't use BootCamp Assistant to install, you cannot default the boot to Windows via the Startup Disk prefpane, you need to either hold option every time you boot to run Windows or install rEFIt which gives you the option every time you boot.

(In case something has a Mac without an optical drive [ie: MacBook Air or MacBook Pro with Retina display] Apple lets you install with an external optical or USB flash drive)
 

Afbar1114

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Windows is not a big deal next time i need to take it i will do that. I have all my user files on the optibay and user symboliclinker. Saved about 10GB. Any other files i can do this with?
 

LeeM

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Jan 1, 2012
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Of course you can put files on it. ;)

And yes you can put Windows on it.

Now here is the kicker… you cannot install Windows from an external USB optical drive or flash drive on a Mac. This is an Apple limitation for any Mac with a built-in SuperDrive.

If you want to install Windows:
Don't try to use BootCamp Assistant; that will simply tell you to format the entire drive for Windows (unless that's your intention)~

Instead simply go to Disk Utility, and go to the partition tab. Click the little plus and add a partition. Give it a name you'll remember, but don't waste your time on it (reason comes later), so don't spend forever thinking up a name or picking the format; just pick Mac Extended; pick how much you want partitioned to Windows and click Okay. It will partition out this much space.

Now you need to move your optibay into the main bay and reinstall the SuperDrive. Boot up while holding the option key. Then choose the Windows installer. When it asks for the place to install, pick the partition your sized up earlier and click format; this will format it and give it a default name (why you shouldn't bother with thinking up a fancy name earlier). After everything is done, you can remove the optical drive again with your optibay HDD back into the optibay and whatever drive you had back into the HDD bay. You don't need the internal optical drive for anything, but installing Windows for the first time (and subsequent reinstalls); if you need to install software or playback a movie, an external drive will work fine.

Since you can't use BootCamp Assistant to install, you cannot default the boot to Windows via the Startup Disk prefpane, you need to either hold option every time you boot to run Windows or install rEFIt which gives you the option every time you boot.

(In case something has a Mac without an optical drive [ie: MacBook Air or MacBook Pro with Retina display] Apple lets you install with an external optical or USB flash drive)
i installed windows off a usb on my 13" mbp, i also chose my partition size using the bootcamp assistant.
 

LeeM

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Jan 1, 2012
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i just opened the bootcamp assistant and followed the directions. you need to have a .iso image of winwos downloaded and bootcamp will format and create the usb drive for you.
i had a 30gb partition for 64bit 7 ultimate which was to small lol i need to redo it but ive lost the drive somewhere in my room
 

Afbar1114

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How do i create an .iso? Do i need to buy it? Can i just use a windows 8 beta?
 

yusukeaoki

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Its basically like an external HDD but inside your Mac.
You can put any files on there.

Dont put any library, system, user folder in there since it belongs to OS X.

But photos, movies, etc etc can be moved.
 

Afbar1114

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I was talking about iso and windows. I put all my user files on the hdd and used a symbolic linker. I am the op