Windows on MBA without Superdrive?

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  1. andrewp macrumors member

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    Is there some way to install Windows vista/xp on my MBA without using the superdrive?

    I'm thinking whether it would be possible to install it from a bootable USB or HDD, I've read something about it, but I'm not sure how it will work out?

    Can anyone give me a hint? :)
     
  2. dborja macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, you can. Copy the WinXP install disk onto an ISO file on the drive then mount it...
     
  3. Minuteman3 macrumors member

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    Although I have not tried it with a Mac, I just did an install of Windows 7 on a Acer One netbook using a USB thumb drive. Just formatted the USB drive to clear everything out, copied the disk files (*.*) from the Windows 7 install DVD to the US thumb drive on my desktop, plugged the USB drive into the Acer and then ran SETUP. Worked like a charm!!

    Cheers!!

    Ken
     
  4. EnderTW macrumors 6502

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    I did that, but I used parallels. Just use the ISO file, parallels will install through the iso file.

    As far as bootcamp, no. You need to use a disk.
     
  5. dborja macrumors 6502a

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    You're right. I assumed that the OP was doing it through Parallels, VMFusion or VirtualBox...
     
  6. djrobx macrumors member

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    Use WinClone to clone an existing boot camp install on another Mac. Be warned that it will not shrink a partition - so if you create a Boot Camp paritition specifically for this purpose, make it small.

    I have a cheap USB 2.0 to IDE/SATA adapter and used that to connect an IDE drive I had lying around and it worked like a charm.
     
  7. Rondue macrumors regular

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    Morale of the storey: If you have the bucks to splurg on a MBA buy a freaking super drive jeez
     
  8. justit macrumors 6502a

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    ^^^ Any off the shelf USB powered drive seems to work, I've got an LG Slim DVD-R
     

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