Dual Hard Drive Setup With Bootcamp

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Hawkeye8888, Aug 2, 2014.

  1. Hawkeye8888 macrumors newbie

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    Hey guys,

    I just added a 256gb solid state drive to my Macbook Pro in addition to my main hard drive. The SSD is in the original space for hard drive, and I moved my HDD to the optical bay. Before this change, I used to run both OSX and bootcamp (Windows 7) from the same HDD. Now I am running mac on the SSD (works great), but I am having trouble re-installing windows. I would like for windows to run through bootcamp on the other hard drive (in the optical bay), but when I go to install windows it just sits at the startup screen (the one with the little horizontal blinking white line that looks like its waiting for text input). I have my optical drive plugged in via a usb to SATA connector, and after some googling I found out that the optical drive must be internally installed in order for bootcamp to work. My only thought is to:

    1. remove the SSD with osx installed on it
    2. return my computer to the original optical drive/HDD setup
    3. install osx
    4. install windows through bootcamp (leaving only a small partition for osx)
    5. return the computer to the way it currently is (optical drive out, SSD in)

    My concern with this is that I will not be able to boot to windows from my main osx partition... Anyway, big mess. Thanks in advance for the help. :apple:


    (Here are my specs)
    Macbook Pro Mid-2012
    OSX Mavericks (most current version)
    Processor 2.9 GHz Intel Core i7
    8GB Ram 750gb HDD and 256gb SSD
     
  2. wywong macrumors newbie

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    Can you swap your HDD and SSD?

    Hi Hawkeye8888,

    Just a suggestion. If you have SSD with OSX in the optical bay and main HDD unchanged, I think you can have the option of booting to Windows or either of the OSX installations. Correct me if I am wrong (I am a Mac newbie).

    Hope that helps.

    wywong
     
  3. Hawkeye8888 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks, that's pretty much what I ended up doing. I added a second partition of osx (one on each hard drive) and then installed windows on the HDD. Also, I just ordered a second optical drive connector so I could plug directly into the motherboard, so I did nor have to fake everything apart to install windows (this has to be done from a "internal" optical bay.

    It does turn out that windows has to be in the main hard drive bay (FYI). Hope this helps anyone with a similar issue.
     

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