2011 iMac SSD drive running Win7 question?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by JeySpec99, Sep 10, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

    May 9, 2011
    As the title says I'm looking into installing an 256gb SSD drive in my 2011 i5 iMac but need it to boot to Win7 . My concern is do I install the drive out the box (unformatted) and then follow up with boot camp to install windows. I'm going to be using the ssd strictly for windows and keeping the 1TB as my osx drive. I've read up on numerous threads if I were using osx I could clone it before installing it via carbon copy cloner. I've also read that I can't install win7 via USB but only using the thunderbolt port in which I don't have an adapter for. Don't want to install it to find out I missed a step and have to redo the install. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
  2. macrumors demi-god


    Aug 17, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    My 2011 iMac has the Apple SSD. I used BootCamp Assistant to set up a Windows 7 partition (so it repartitioned the OS X drive) and then installed from a Windows 7 Ultimate CD. During the install, I had to reformat the Boot Camp partition with NTFS (which one can do from the Windows 7 CD during the installation process).

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