Can a MBP 9.1, OSX 10.8.5 boot Windows 8 from SSD in optical bay?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by trwalp, Sep 15, 2013.

  1. trwalp macrumors newbie

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    Can a MacBook Pro 9.1 running Mountain Lion 10.8.5 boot Windows 8 from an SSD mounted in the optical bay?

    Please don't reply with information about doing this with older Macs, previous OSX or Bootcamp versions. There's a mountain (like in the movie "Idiocracy") of old info out there -- all relevant in the past and with older stuff, undoubtedly; but I'm seeking the latest knowledge about the latest hardware and software, based on actual experience.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Yahooligan macrumors 6502a

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    Based on my experience, no. Even getting it to boot the the drive in the main bay didn't work for me and I tried a number of methods. Eventually I just took the optibay out and put the superdrive back in. Presto, bootcamp installs and works fine.

    OS X version really has nothing to do with whether or not Windows boots or which drive it boots off of, that's a hardware/firmware thing and 10.8.5 didn't update any of that.
     

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