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help, i have a white macbook. i went through a complex process to enable me to make a bootable drive from an iso on a mac with an disc drive, but ive encountered a big problem, after i partition the hard drive and restart, it wont boot from the flash drive, i tried the option key too, that didnt work. once it restarts, it will flicker between the apple logo/ do not enter/ no os found symbols. anyone have a clue or solution would be greatly appeicated
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What operating system are you trying to boot the flash drive with? If it's Windows, you can't do it without a hack. If you're trying to boot OS X from the flash drive, make sure you created it correctly.
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oh, hahahaha, i forgot the most important part, sorry bout that, its windows 7, its an iso put on a flash drve bay boot camp, so its prolly formated correctly
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Simply put.... you can not boot Windows 7 from a flash drive. It can be done with a hack which we will not go into here. Microsoft purposely prohibits booting Windows from a flash drive or any external drive. It's due to piracy prevention.
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just outta curiosity, if its against the rules, why does bootcamp give you the option to do it
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There is a big difference between an install USB and bootable USB.
The install USB of 7 was meant to be installed on your internal drive in Bootcamp and never meant to be booted from .
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-_- crap, im sorry, let me rephrase, my macbook wont boot from my install drive, its intended for windows to be installed on a partition on my main internal ssd
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If your MacBook has an optical drive, you can not install Windows 7 from the USB drive. What happened to your Windows 7 DVD? Boot Camp will only allow you to install from a USB drive if the machine does not have an optical drive - such as my 2013 iMac.
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i got the iso version, from a website, i was told u are allowed a 30 day free trial before you are required to activate
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if your wondering, the reason for this, is i wanna make sure i want windows 7 before i go pay the large sum it cost to buy it
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is what im doing illeagal?
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Yes, you're doing something illegal. Windows 7 is never available as a free download from a website. You buy it, install it, and then have 30 days to activate it. You can't try before you buy like you do with shareware. And that ends our thread. Please read through our Community Rules which you can find in my signature.

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