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Creating a Win 7 USB boot drive from my Mac

Hi all,

Currently working on my first build. I have the physical build complete and would like to load Windows 7 as I used an Intel - DH77DF Mini ITX LGA1155 Motherboard. I bought a key code from Kinquin. I would like to use my current Mac book pro using 10.6.8 OS X to create a USB boot drive.

What would be the best program to accomplish this on my Mac? Are there any pitfalls I should watch out for?

Thanks for your help in advance.

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Since W7 was distributed on DVD. Just

In reply to: Creating a Win 7 USB boot drive from my Mac

Just add the now cheap DVDRW drive to your build and boot that, install, etc.

Remember this question is also on the web so I'm giving my advice.

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Can I rip a DVD from the Key code I purchased?

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So would I just download the Windows 7 ISO from the key I purchased, burn it to a DVD from my Mac and then boot it from that DVD?

Thanks for your help!

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Since you can create the DVD from the ISO

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I don't see why not. The W7 on USB creation on an Apple has prior discussions but here I take it that folk research before posting which is why I think the straight and narrow method is best. We know W7 was on DVD when it was for sale so that must work.

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If you have Windows 7 just directly reinstall.

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Bootcamp can acutally install it from mac just by buying usb to what plugs into harddrive,

so usb to Sata connector, for example check link out if your don't know what i am talking about without ripping mac apart to get second harddrive slot.
As all you need to do is load disk and and write to harddrive directly there not much for USB preloaders as computer would need to be set for all users. for this to work on mac or use boot strap,
but also if you have disk for software then bypass the Mac options and install everything, and use CD drive CD DR or upgrade to DVD multi which is capable of writing 4 to 5 gb to 10 gb, if your going to if you look to bootstrap your mac you will need to do it after building is complete and software or OS is loaded. If your trying to burn an OS without CD's then burn ISO program would help you on Recovery CD burn by using Burn ISO to burn disk, still requires CD DR or better option of DVD DR.

now if your computer has a connection plug in middle to monitor the computer and it's computer board it is possible to use this to backwards install the OS into the computer.


far as USB you could try a USB loader for OS but there normally pretty expensive.

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