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Windows USB Stick will not show up as a bootable volume

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Jan 21, 2013 11:54 AM

I've been doing a ton of research on this and just can't seem to get it to work.  I recently bought a mac mini, the 2011 version with the Radeon video card.  I want to dual boot the machine using bootcamp and I have a windows 7 iso image.


I  bought an 8GB usb 2.0 stick and ran the bootcamp assistant to create the usb stick.  When the mini reboots, it just displays a message saying there is no bootable volume.


I tried setting the startup disk to the usb stick, but the only bootable volume was the mac hd.  I tried installing refit but the refit boot menu would only allow a boot into the mac hd or onto the windows partition that bootcamp created.


I tried creating a bootable usb stick from windows and utilizing that, all to no avail.  The big issue, as i see it, is that when the mini boots, it absolutely does not see my usb stick, and so cannot boot to it.


In theory, refit should show me one mac volume and two windows volumes (my windows partition on the mac hd and my usb stick).  It only shows one.  It there anything I can do to get my mini to recognize that I have a bootable usb stick?  I have a usb keyboard and usb mouse plugged in as well.  The OS that the mini is running is Lion and it is completely up to date.


I've looked through the forums and seen nothing that seems to fix my issue.



Mac mini, Mac OS X (10.7.5), Radeon video Card


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