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Installing Bootcamp on a Retina in target mode

4463 Views 9 Replies Latest reply: Oct 12, 2012 7:34 AM by jphg007 RSS
jphg007 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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Oct 3, 2012 12:17 AM

Hello everybody,

 

I am trying to install Windows 7 from a DVD with bootcamp on a Macbook Retina.

In absence of external DVD, I am trying to use another Macbook Pro in target mode, to make use of its DVD drive.

 

Has anybody been trying this? (It does not appear to work)

 

In target mode, the DVD drive appears as a USB drive on my Retina desktop.

Inserting the Windows 7 DVD, 32 or 64 bit, in the target Macbook Pro was not recognised by Bootcamp.

 

 

Am I missing something, or is it just not possible?

(I would hate to have to buy an external DVD drive just for this one installation)

 

Thanks for your answers.

 

Jean-Philippe

MacBook Pro with Retina display, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • arjanscholl Calculating status...
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    Oct 6, 2012 7:53 AM (in response to jphg007)

    I'm not sure if this is possible. So i can't help you with that but why don't you just use a USB drive? 4 or 8GB will do. You can use either Windows or MacOS to create a bootable Windows 7 install USB drive from your DVD media

  • BobTheFisherman Level 6 Level 6 (10,570 points)
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    Oct 9, 2012 6:16 AM (in response to jphg007)

    You should visit the Bootcamp forum where the Bootcamp gurus hang out. https://discussions.apple.com/community/windows_software/boot_camp

  • Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6 (16,640 points)
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    Oct 9, 2012 6:33 AM (in response to jphg007)

    I think the retina model, as the Air models, can install Win 7 from USB thumb drive. But then you would need an ISO of the Win 7 install files to burn to a USB tumb drive.

     

    Check out My Digital Life for Win 7 ISO files. Yes you can use your License key with those ISO files.

  • Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6 (16,640 points)
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    Oct 12, 2012 5:02 AM (in response to jphg007)

    you can create an ISO from any file you like. Just like you can create a OS X DMG file. Basically they are the same type of file.

  • Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6 (16,640 points)
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    Oct 12, 2012 6:36 AM (in response to jphg007)

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