Windows 7 on a mac install with flash drive [HELP!!]

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  1. sushant.macosx macrumors newbie

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    I have downloaded the windows 7 iso on mac Macbook. I am out of DVDs and I have 2 flash drives. One is 2 gb and other is 1gb. And I have lots of CDs. So how can I keep the iso splitted in two flash drives or cds. I mean can we keep the iso half in one and half in another and boot and install. If we can how do i do that.
    Any help is appreciated
    Thnx
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors Core

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    Honestly... get a DVD and be done with it
    Why go to all that trouble?

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  3. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    short answer: You can't.

    Long answer: logistically you can't.
     
  4. wesrk macrumors 6502a

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  5. Tarek macrumors 6502

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    If you try to install ANY version of OS through a USB stick, you'll fail miserably. Simply because you need to enter the BIOS and change some settings like "Boot from USB Stick" and stuff, and I am afraid Apple computers do not have a BIOS. They do have an alternative called Open Firmware, which is too complicated, so just buy a DVD man!
     
  6. sushant.macosx thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Guys, i forgot to mention my macbook doesn't write DVDs. I just knew it. I went to the store and bought a DVD-RW thinking mac would burn it but when i reached home and inserted the disk, the disk just came out. I don't know what to do. Now i am begining to hate my macbook..... PLEASE HELP.!!!:(
     
  7. cainnovacaine macrumors regular

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    All the more reason to get an external DVD writer. Use it, return it. I know its unscrupulous, so keep if you feel bad Craigslist it after you use it and try and make some money back.
     
  8. Stridder44 macrumors 68040

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    How old are you, 5? Calm down and stop acting so dramatic.

    How old is your MacBook? Are you 100% sure it doesn't write DVDs or are you just saying that because you put a blank one in and for some reason it just spit it back out?
     
  9. -tWv- macrumors 68000

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    Yeah please tell us what kind of macbook you have so we know for sure it doesn't write to dvds. And if you only want to test windows 7, don't go through the hassle of installing it onto your drive. Just download Virtualbox or buy VMWare Fusion and create a virtual install of windows 7. I did this with VMWare fusion and windows 7 works great.
     
  10. sushant.macosx thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thnx for the replies guys. I bought my mac in november 2008. It is white 13" MAcbook, 1GB RAM, 111GB HD, Core2 Duo. It is Macbook 4,1. And this is my dvd burning info:
    MATSHITA CD-RW CW-8221:

    Firmware Revision: GA0K
    Interconnect: ATAPI
    Burn Support: Yes (Apple Shipping Drive)
    Cache: 2048 KB
    Reads DVD: Yes
    CD-Write: -R, -RW
    Write Strategies: CD-TAO, CD-SAO, CD-Raw
    Media:
    Type: DVD-ROM
    Blank: No
    Erasable: No
    Overwritable: No
    Appendable: No

    So, This is my macbook info.... PLEASE HELP!! AND I tried installing in VMWARE FUSION. It was slow.. so i decided to install in harddrive
    Thnx:(
     
  11. -tWv- macrumors 68000

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    Yeah, looks like from this info that it can't burn dvds since it doesn't have a "DVD-Write:" section like mine does. If you really really want windows 7 you willl have to ask a friend with a computer that has a dvd burner to burn it for you or buy an external dvd burner.
     
  12. sushant.macosx thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Got an idea

    Hey Guys I got an idea. Is it possible to convert virtual machine(made from parallels or vmware or virtualbox) to physical boot partition? Like in mac make a partition using ipartition or diskutility and convert the virtual machine to boot from that partition. Is it possible? If so how do you convert?
    Thnx
     
  13. sushant.macosx thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thnx Wesrk, I followed the tutorial in the post and installed win 7 wihout using flash drive or superdrive. I did it my the vmware method described in the forum and booted using refit and it works perfectly fine. I am actaully posting with it.:D
     
  14. Stridder44 macrumors 68040

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  15. Leto-Parallels macrumors member

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    Your MacBook would be pretty good for running a Windows 7 virtual machine if it had a little more RAM. Luckily the price for memory upgrades is pretty good right now, and Apple has some guides in their knowledgebase for installing it yourself.

    Just something to think about for future upgrades! The Core 2 Duo is a great chip, and the additional memory would make it very happy, no matter what programs you plan to run.
     

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