The title covers most of my question. I am relatively new to the Mac world, and came across Boot Camp, which can dual-boot Windows, which seems pretty cool. I have read through many Boot Camp guides, and know that a USB drive must be used (my new Mac does not have a CD/DVD drive). I do not have any USB drives at the moment that I want to format, and I would like to know if there is a way to do it without a USB drive. I know that it may be harder or impossible to do it without a USB drive, and I can back up my USB, but I would like to be able to install Windows without a USB drive. Alternate question: if I do format my flash drive (64 gb), will I be able to store other files on it, or will it only work with my Windows OS?
Installing Windows on a Mac via Boot Camp you only have two choices, DVD or USB. You also need a Windows DVD (Full Install Media not Upgrade Media) or an ISO Image of the Windows DVD to create the USB Installer via the Boot Camp Assistant.
Yes, you'll be able to use the USB drive to store other files after the Boot Camp Assistant has written the files necessary to install Windows via USB. However you need to first backup what you have on the USB drive as it will be removed in the process of creating the USB Windows Installer.
- Note: For use in installing Windows the USB drive will be formatted FAT32 and as such you'll not be able to store files over 4GB in size for use with the "other files" you want to have on the USB drive.
Go to utilities click bootcamp follow the step by step instructions
Format the partitioned drive first
Give the partition at least 40GBs
Make sure you have a valid copy of windows
If you need more help here are a couple of videos with step by step instructions
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShdKIMA7gz0 How to Install windows
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9w3sFsiaA0 Make a Bootable usb