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My situation is this:

  • HDD1: Empty 180 GB SSD
  • HDD2: Empty 500 GB HDD (instead of SuperDrive)

Accessories:

  • Windows 8 ISO
  • 64 Gig USB stick
  • Second computer
  • SuperDrive in USB enclosure

What I need:

  • Install Windows 8 on the SSD in the laptop

What I tried:

  • Create bootable USB – Doesn't work. Macbook doesnt show me USB as an option after holding OPTION key.
  • Install Windows through SuperDrive connected via USB – Doesn't work.

On the internet, there are thousands of articles telling me all kinds of solutions, expecting me to have Mac OS on my laptop. Is there any solution to this?

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looks interesting. but it should work in either way. is your USB is formatted in HFS+ or FAT32 ? –  Ye Lin Aung Sep 21 '12 at 14:49
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This sounds like a localized configuration problem.; –  Ramhound Sep 21 '12 at 14:52

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Can you find an external computer & install via the Windows USB Tool?

I did it this way

http://windowswise.com/windows-8-usb-installation/

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Due to lack of driver support and Windows issues with the Mac BIOS & EFI, you will run into challenges trying to install Windows by itself. (example: http://derekhat.com/install-vista-on-a-macbook-without-bootcamp/).

The recommended approach is to use Parallels, Bootcamp, or some other means of Virtualization. Here is an article describing how they did it - and apparently you get native or near-native (Windows) performance:

http://www.theverge.com/2012/2/10/2787484/macbook-air-with-windows-7-review-the-ultrabook-to-rule-them-all

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