Can't install windows 8.1 on my second internal harddrive

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by xdawning, Jan 28, 2014.

  1. xdawning macrumors newbie

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    Hello,

    I got a macbook pro mid 2012 running on osx maverick 10.9.1. I have an sdd drive as my main with osx running on it and all of my programs and files. So today I bought a caddy for replacing my optical drive with a second harddrive. My idea was to run windows 8 on a partition of my second harddrive and the remaining space for as a second partition for osx. but when I try (with usb) to install it , it says: "We couldn't create a new partition or locate an existing one". So I heard that that there was a max of 3 partitions for installing windows 8. So now I don't have any solutions, since I got no optical drive anymore.. Is there any solution for this?

    Thanks,

    xDawning

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  2. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    are you planning on using Bootcamp or a virtual machine like VmWare?
     
  3. xdawning thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i want to install windows 8.1 using bootcamp.
     
  4. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    use bootcamp assistant, but I am almost 100% sure you can only install a bootcamp partition on your drive that has OSX installed on it
     
  5. saturnotaku macrumors 68000

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    The problem you're running into is that Boot Camp Assistant requires Windows be installed from the optical drive onto the primary hard drive.

    The only method I have ever seen to get around this that works with even a small degree of success is outlined here, but that's not guaranteed.
     
  6. xdawning, Jan 29, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2014

    xdawning thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Is it possible that I open the macbook, put the sdd harddrive out where mac osx is installed, and leave the hdd in. Then boot up via usb and then install windows?
     

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