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

    Sep 9, 2013
    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.

  2. Yahooligan macrumors 6502a


    Aug 7, 2011
    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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