Boot camp, VMWare, and RAID card

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Brutus Rex, Mar 2, 2008.

  1. Brutus Rex macrumors newbie

    Jan 13, 2008
    Hi guys,
    My new mac pro is arriving tomorrow.
    I purchased one with a RAID card in it.
    I have just learned that boot camp will not work on a raid drive.

    I had intended to do the following set up:
    RAID 5 array with 3, 1tb drives for OS X
    1 500gb drive for windows

    But I just want to clarify these questions:

    1) even if i have a separate hdd that is not part of a RAID array (but connected to the RAID card), bootcamp can not be installed?

    2) is there a way to install bootcamp on a separate hard drive if I do have a RAID card (eSATA, using the optical drive connection?)

    3) Can VMWare or Parallels be installed? on a separate drive or RAID array?
  2. dgdosen macrumors 65816


    Dec 13, 2003
    From what I've seen on these threads (can't confirm any of it)

    1) Technically, no version of Windows can be installed on those drives because Windows will not see the disks.

    2) Yes, although I'm not sure if anyone has it working

    3) you can install the tools anywhere - not sure I know what you're asking
  3. scottydawg macrumors 6502


    Jan 22, 2008
    Sacramento, CA
    You can install Windows on an internal drive with a RAID card using a virtual environment like Fusion or Parallels.
  4. kittiyut macrumors regular


    Oct 28, 2007
    So far, there is no drivers for Windows to "see" HDs connected to the two on-board ODD. I have almost the same config as you (4 x 1TB in RAID 5, 1TB and the original 320 on the ODD). I try all the drivers I can find, Windows will see weird partitions that I DON'T have !!

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