Copy bootcamp partition from MBP to Mac Pro?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Sharky II, Jan 24, 2012.

  1. Sharky II macrumors 6502a

    Sharky II

    Jan 6, 2004
    United Kingdom

    I have a MBP 2010 with a small Bootcamp partition with Windows 7 32-bit on it.

    Can i make a partition on my Mac Pro (2008, 8 x 2.8ghz), and clone the windows partition to it, and run it happily?

    I need to do some Windows-only BOINC number crunching that would take advantage of the extra cores.

  2. zephonic macrumors 65816


    Feb 7, 2011
    greater L.A. area
    I'm not sure. I do know that you can't just make a partition for bootcamp; the bootcamp assistant has to do that or else it won't recognize it.

    I partitioned drive 4 in my MacPro for legacy stuff and bootcamp, but I can't assign the partition in bootcamp assistant: it wants to do the partitioning itself.
  3. ashman70 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 20, 2010
    I would say it most likely would not work, first of all the hardware between the two systems is different, so different boot camp drivers, Windows would probably blue screen upon boot up on your MP if you cloned the installation from your MBP.
  4. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604


    Sep 8, 2002
    The Netherlands
    Usually the Windows partition will fail to "use" the correct drivers on a different Mac.

    The Windows OS will probably boot but the drivers will probably fail to load.

    Un-installing and re-installing the Apple Boot Camp software might help, but more often than not you'll have to reassign the hardware in the Device Manager.

    I have seen this issue with trying to use a pre-installed MacBook Windows (XP and 7) installation on different MacBooks.

    It was quicker to re-install the whole Windows OS...
  5. Demigod Mac macrumors 6502a

    Apr 25, 2008
    Possible, but Windows Activation will scream bloody murder since it's being moved to different hardware.
  6. derbothaus macrumors 601


    Jul 17, 2010
    So you make it "un-genuine" then you make it "genuine" then you call India and they reset your activations.
    For Win cloning I use this and it is awesome:
  7. xgman macrumors 601


    Aug 6, 2007
    If you can boot to the windows dvd, you may be able to run a sort of repair install on top of it to get the drivers in line and then run the bootcamp dvd to finish it up.
  8. cutterman macrumors regular

    Apr 27, 2010
    Uninstall the graphics card driver and any other hardware listed (through Windows control panel). Then clone the partition as above. You might want to save a clone of the original before removing the drivers.

    If you are lucky enough to boot up, reinstall the Apple drivers.

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