Does bootcamp have to be on the primary drive ?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by dazed, Sep 6, 2010.

  1. dazed macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2007
    Is it possible to boot windows from the 2nd or 3rd internal hard drive?

    I was thinking of getting a 120gb ssd as my primary drive but if osx and windows XP or 7 can be split onto separate drives, then maybe I can save some money and get away with a 60gb for osx and a 40 for XP/7.

  2. BertyBoy macrumors 6502

    Feb 1, 2009
    It's certainly possible, I keep bootcamp XP in a 32GB partition at the end of drive 3, a 750GB drive that otherwise only holds my iTunes movies / tv shows.

    But you're right to ask, I do have something nagging in the back of my mind that says "BootCamp Assistant may not allow this". If that's true, it was very easy to circumvent, perhaps using Disk Utility or the command line 'diskutil' to shrink the Mac partition and create the Windows partition.
  3. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    If you're dedicating an entire drive to it you don't need Boot Camp Assistant. Just boot holding Alt/Option.

    rEFIt covers most everything else that breaks.


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