Windows 7 install on an iMac with Lion, no Superdrive

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by murray709, Mar 16, 2012.

  1. murray709 macrumors newbie

    Mar 16, 2012
    I'm trying to install Windows 7 on my iMac. I have a retail copy of Home Premium (64bit and 32bit). My Superdrive has not worked in years and when I do need use of an optical drive I have an USB External DVD Writer (Samsung Model SE - S084). The external drive has always worked but I have never needed it to boot from until now.

    When I try to install Windows 7 via Boot Camp Assistant with the External Drive, everything goes good until the reboot. The drive spins up and the install just stalls, white screen just before the apple logo.

    Here's some system info:

    iMac 24-inch Mid 2007
    ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro 256 MB
    4 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM
    Mac OS X Lion 10.7.3 (11D50)
    2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    Boot ROM Version: IM71.007A.B03
    SMC Version (system): 1.21f4
    Model Identifier: iMac7,1

    Few questions.

    Can I use 64-bit or 32-bit Windows 7?
    Can I install via USB Drive with an ISO of Windows 7?
    Am I supposed to be able to boot from the external drive?
    Is this a firmware issue?
    What are my options to get Windows 7 installed?

  2. satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
    An external DVD-R drive?
  3. Grannyville7989 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 2, 2010

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