Hello, all new to the forum, and new to Macs. I pulled a 13" Late-2011 MBP out of a dumpster (don't judge me) that ended up having a corrupt operating system. Nuked the hard drive and installed the newest (at the time) Mac operating system. All was well. Came with the 2nd gen Core I7 and a 750 gig HDD and had 4 gigs of ram. I later upgraded the ram to 8 gigs. I discovered that you could install windows on a mac using boot camp, and I thought it would be cool to be able to use both operating systems since I am a very experienced windows user, so I installed Windows 8.1 (since there is no driver available for the sound card on my MBP in Windows 10) and have found that I have not used the Mac operating system since I installed it. Now, before you all pull your flamethrowers out (as I have seen in the many threads I searched before posting), let me explain why I want to now remove the Mac operating system. I am a master automotive diagnostic technician and I want to use it for automotive module programming and the module programmers are not compatible with the Mac operating systems. For those of you who don't know, module programming is a very TIME CONSUMING endeavor. The faster the machine you are using for programming, the faster the whole process is. After seeing how superior the Mac hardware is, I've decided I want to use this Mac machine for programming, as I do not want to buy a new laptop since I got this one for free, is small, reliable, and is more than enough to do what I need it to do. One thing that I want to do is install a SSD to make the programming process faster, and the drive that I picked up is an OEM Apple (Toshiba) drive and is only 256 gigs. This leaves little space for a dual boot system. Also, installing all the programming software for each manufacturer will take up quite a bit of room as well. I need every bit of space I can get to be able to use it effectively as a programmer. So now that you know WHY I want to do this, hopefully we can avoid all the flaming and preaching associated with this topic. Here's what I've tried so far: 1. Making a copy of my Windows partition directly onto the SSD. Result: Boot up into Windows error screen that says there is a problem with my operating system and that I need to use recovery media to repair it. 2. Making a copy of the Windows partition and the two small Apple partitions (500 MB each) directly onto the SSD. Result: Boots into Windows but gives me a black screen that says "no operating system." What I don't want to do: I do not want to reinstall Windows using the UEFI method if I don't have to, but I will if it ends up being my only option. (I also fear that I will have to buy another activation key) What I was thinking of doing next: Making a copy of the entire hard drive onto another hard drive as a back up, and attempting to delete the Apple partitions in Windows Disk Manager. Finally, the question: Is there a way I can remove the Apple partitions after boot camp without having to reinstall windows using the UEFI method? Thank you for taking the time to read my lengthy post! -Shawn a.k.a. "The Diag Guy"