iMac 2011 - How to make HDD Win-only after SSD upgrade?

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  1. Glassed Silver, Jan 11, 2017
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    Glassed Silver macrumors 68020

    Glassed Silver

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    Hey guys,

    so just some days ago I upgraded my iMac to run macOS from an SSD and the days of running an OS that completely seems to have forgotten about HDDs being still kind of a thing are numbered.

    I don't quite enjoy the full speed rush across the whole system, because I'm still blessed with USB 2.0 which feels like floppy drive speed more than ever! Oh and the Thunderbolt ports that practically speaking only sit there laughing at me and my optimism about them 5 years ago LOL.

    Question is, my old HDD still is partitioned as macOS 600GB/Windows 7 400GB.

    I want to dedicate it entirely to Windows 7, can I just use Windows' disk portioning tool or should I run macOS (from SSD of course) first and tinker around in diskutil?

    Also, I assume it's safe to remove anything that isn't the Windows partition right? read: the recovery partition or does it do more than provide a recovery partition that now sits on my SSD anyways?

    Thanks for your help in advance everyone!

    Glassed Silver:win
     
  2. Dopeyman macrumors 6502a

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    You want to dedicate the whole HDD to windoze? Yes, it can be done. You would have to set it up through the bootcamp app.
     
  3. Glassed Silver, Jan 11, 2017
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    Glassed Silver thread starter macrumors 68020

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    That's exactly what I want to do.

    I'll give it a go after making a fresh partition image of Windows. :)

    Thanks!

    Edit: Nope, no good. It will only let me delete the entire drive and then let me dedicate it to Windows.

    I have no intentions AT ALL to clone, delete everything and clone everything back against, just because I want to resize Windows to max capacity. Sounds silly to me and there has to be a better way.

    Glassed Silver:win
     
  4. Dopeyman macrumors 6502a

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    I'm confused. I assumed you wanted to dedicate the entire HDD to windoze?

    Bootcamp Assistant will allow you to dedicate the whole drive. Theres no need to clone or resize anything.

    I have a drive completely dedicated to windoze.
     

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  5. Glassed Silver thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Well, Windows is already installed, so either it's a resize of the existing partition or cloning will be involved!

    As I said, right now the 1TB platter has 600GB macOS allocated and the rest is Windows.

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    Glassed Silver:mac
     
  6. Dopeyman macrumors 6502a

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    Ahhhh, Ok. Now I understand what you're trying to do.

    I don't believe you can resize the partition. You would have to start from scratch if you want to use the entire drive.
     
  7. Glassed Silver thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Alright, cloning it is then.

    Is there any alternative to Winclone?

    Quite honestly, if I intended to use it regularly I wouldn't mind spending money for it, but considering I'll only need it once I feel there must be a better way.

    Glassed Silver:mac
     

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