Resolved Is it possible to use Fusion Drive's SSD part?

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  1. xperator, Jan 21, 2013
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    xperator macrumors newbie

    Jan 21, 2013
    Hello everyone,

    I am planning to buy a new iMac and I want to know if it's possible to format the SSD drive and use it as an os.

    I heard somewhere you can break the fusion and use the SSD drive manually as an storage.

    And what I want to do is, formatting both SSD and HDD, then Install Windows 8 on SSD and use HDD drive as storage. I know it may be weird to format the preinstalled Mac os and use the SSD drive manually. But I buy this system for it's hardware, design and quality. not the OS. most of the applications I use only runs on windows. So excuse me for this weird request.

    Also, I believe there is a 2TB limit for MBR. So I can't setup this with a 3TB drive, right ?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    Sure, there are plenty of tutorials how to break the Fusion floating around on these forums or the internet, just google for them. What you want is definitely possible. You just have to keep in mind that Bootcamp is essentially a BIOS emulation layer and your Windows installation, while running on full speed, won't have the same level of access to the hardware as the 'normal' PC. I have no clue about possible limitations however; its just that I suspect that you might run into problems with repartitioning your disks and such. Maybe someone who knows better could comment on this?
  3. xperator thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 21, 2013
    Oh thanks for reply.

    I did some google search but I couldn't find any tutorial.

    But I know how to use partition tools like Gparted. I am not sure if you mean there is some special things to do other than normal partition and changing GPT to MBR.
  4. drambuie macrumors 6502a

    Feb 16, 2010
    Try googling "split fusion drive", and you'll get lots of results.

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