Win7 on bootcamp not seeing USB HD

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by neenja, Jul 20, 2010.

  1. neenja macrumors 6502

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    I just installed Windows 7 on my bootcamp partition. I have a macbook pro intel.

    Everything is loading fine, i ran the windows 7 update and all things are up to date. I now need to load my bootcamp drivers. I restored my Snow Leopard image file onto a portable HD. Double checked in osx and everything loaded fine.

    Now, my problem is.. from Windows 7, when I plug in my usb hd, it does not load. Is there a reason why windows does not recognize the usb hd as a bootable install disc? When I am back in OSX and plug in the drive, it loads just fine.

    Anyone know if there is something I can do to get windows to boot the usb drive? The last resort I want to do is burn the image file to dvd.

    Thanks :)
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    The drive is likely in HFS+ format which Windows cannot read or write. DVD is probably the easiest method
     
  3. neenja thread starter macrumors 6502

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    damn. im stuck at the office right now and want to get this done. id have to wait a few hours to go home then burn the dvd.

    is there a way to format the drive in a different format and also restore an image to it? so that windows can boot it from usb
     
  4. neenja thread starter macrumors 6502

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    i just erased it and created it as a ntfs with MBR options.

    restoring the image back onto it now. think this will work?
     
  5. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Yeah sure. Just open Disk Utility and change the format to MS-DOS (FAT). Then Windows can read it fine

    Yeah, it should work. NTFS is even better than FAT32
     
  6. neenja thread starter macrumors 6502

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  7. neenja thread starter macrumors 6502

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    what i dont understand is.. when i load Drivers and Printers, I can see the device there, but it only lets me view the properties.
     

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