Cheapest way to install windows with broken optical drive?
My optical drive is broken, and the replacement drive is ~170$. I don't ever use an optical drive, but seemingly need one to install windows on my old(er) mbp as bootcamp does not have an install via usb option for these antiquated devices.
I was thinking of purchasing an external optical drive for occasional/rare usage. Can anyone suggest one that would work with my late 2008 15" mbp, or a way to work around not having an optical drive with bootcamp?
Thank you in advance
You should be able to find a unit for around $60 (us), even new! Which is still cheaper than an USB external drive.
Are you sure your drive is dead? Often a good CD/DVD head cleaning disk (a can of can'ed air) can do wonders.
As to installing Windows you should be able to use another systems CD/DVD player as a network resource to access the installer files.