I have an early 2011 Macbook Pro. The Superdrive broke, so I installed an SSD and put my old HDD in an optibay. The old HDD had a bootcamp Windows installation on it. Since I can't use bootcamp without a Superdrive, is it possible to install Windows on my SSD from within my HDD installation of Windows? Or do I need to do the installation through bootcamp?


  • why can't you use bootcamp without a superdrive? btw, I've never had my bootcamp partition on the same drive as my Mac boot - maybe see if Windows is still bootable as-is.
    – Tetsujin
    Dec 5 '14 at 20:35
  • Apple's firmware prevents booting off of USB unless your computer didn't come with a superdrive to begin with (e.g. macbook air, retina).
    – Danny
    Dec 6 '14 at 15:05
  • ahh, didn't realise - must have used the superdrive when I did mine - was some time ago. Try this… forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1680652 I've just ordered a bunch of new USB sticks so I'll be testing it too later in the week ;)
    – Tetsujin
    Dec 6 '14 at 15:45
  • This tutorial allows you to create the bootable disk, but not actually boot off of it.
    – Danny
    Dec 6 '14 at 16:26
  • did you read it all?
    – Tetsujin
    Dec 6 '14 at 16:30

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