0 Replies Latest reply: Jan 16, 2013 4:56 PM by LRRP
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I replaced the optical drive in my MacBook Pro (5,3) with a Solid State Drive.

I would like to bootcamp partition the SSD to use OS X and Windows 7,

Bootcamp assistant v.4 tells me I must use an optical drive to install Windows.

So I tried it with an external optical drive, which the sytem recognizes, I can

boot from the external drive but Boot Camp does not recognize the drive.  I have also

tried disconnecting the HDD, tried installing from flash drive and even put Snow

Leopard on the HDD so that I could use Bootcamp Asst v.3.  Nothing works.


I have Windows versions from XP to Window 8.  I have OS X from Leopard

through Mountain Lion.  I have tried various combinations but still am unable

to get Boot Camp Assistant to do what I would like it to.


Anyone had any success with this setup?

MacBook Pro (15-inch Mid 2009), Mac OS X (10.7.5)