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    Default Install Windows on BootCamp Partition via Parallels/VMware Fusion

    can it be done?
    i googled my ass off but could not find anything...

    basically, i have trouble getting windows on my bootcamp partition (optical drive seems to be dodgy) but i was wondering if i could install it via parallels/fusion directly onto the bootcamp partition and then boot from it natively after installation.

    any ideas or have i run completely insane?


    thanks in advance

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    Your best bet would be installing it from a USB thumbdrive.

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    Sorry dmd, but if you want to (re)install Boot Camp from scratch, you are going to need a working internal optical drive -- the EFI BIOS Emulation Layer is hard coded to make SATA port 1 (where the optical drive connects) appear as IDE bus 0 device 0 (Primary) to software looking for a BIOS and an optical drive to boot from. An external optical drive won't work, an external USB stick won't work either.

    If you have an Air, which doesn't have a SATA port 1 (just port 0 where the HD or SSD is) then the BEL enumerates the first USB volume to IDE 0/0.

    You've struck a snag which has annoyed the bejeebus out of people who decide to install an Optibay and then find out they have to remove it and put the optical drive back in so they can install Boot Camp.

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    crap. i do indeed have a second ssd installed.

    thing is, if i remove that there is no way i can install windows, since the bootcamp assistance refuses to partition my primary drive... any other ideas by any chance?

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    You can install Windows via Parallels. It's not straightforward though.
    Install Windows on Macbook Air with no external drive - (Inside The Brackets)

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    worked perfectly. make sure to install refit and you don't even have to fiddle around with the MBR... thanks!
    Last edited by dmd; 11th May 2011 at 05:00 PM.

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