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    Mar 19, 2012
    Unhappy Installing Windows via bootcamp without optical drive?
    I realize that there are posts out there for how to install windows via bootcamp without an optical drive...... for mac air, etc... but in my case, those don't seem to be valid options. I have a legal copy of windows 7, and am trying to install it to an iMac. Normally, this would take just a few minutes, and next to no thought at all. However, the optical drive in this machine is no longer functional. Do i absolutely HAVE to go save up money to get my optical drive replaced? Or is there another way to install it?

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    Raz0rEdge's Avatar
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    Jul 17, 2009
    27" i7 iMac, 24" iMac, 13" Macbook Air, iPhone 5 & 5S, iPod Nano 7th Gen, iPad 2 16GB WiFi, iPad 3
    I'm guessing that if your internal optical drive is broken, it might be possible to use an external one if you have one..

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    Member Since
    Mar 19, 2012
    already tried that, sadly, bootcamp assistant didn't even recognize it.
    (tried one that came with a macbook air, and i tried one that came with an HP laptop)

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    harryb2448's Avatar
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    Nov 28, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    iMac i5 2.7GHz, 16GB memory, OS 10.11
    Yes new optical drive needed alas. If you read the Bootcamp Guidelines install only occurs from built in optical drive.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    Member Since
    Mar 19, 2012
    currently trying a different method. using another mac machine to install windows via bootcamp. then going to make an image of the partition, and apply it to a partition on this machine

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