How can I install Window 7 on a Mac that has no optical drive?
August 8, 2013 6:16 AM Subscribe
My goal is to install Windows 7 on a Retina MacBook Pro via Boot Camp. I have an official Microsoft Windows 7 installer DVD (OEM version) that I bought from Amazon. However, the laptop doesn't have an optical drive! How can I get Windows 7 onto there?
posted by trevor_case to computers & internet (16 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I've discovered YouTube videos such as this one
which show you how to do it using an external optical drive. I could go that route, but I'd rather not buy an external drive I'll probably only use once.
I have another Mac that does have an optical drive and I have a 1 TB external USB hard drive. Could I use that to get the contents of the installer DVD onto the external HD and somehow install from there? If so, how would I go about it?
Any any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.