Is OSX required on Bootcamp XP Disk

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  1. Igotmacqs macrumors member

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    I want to dedicate a drive to XP Pro using Bootcamp. Does OSX need to be on that disk, or can a Bootcamp installtion be initiated from the other drive with OSX on it?

    If someone could offer some suggestions on how to best do that it would be appreciated?
     
  2. Cliff3 macrumors 65816

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  3. Igotmacqs thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks Cliff,
    Yes, I had found that but it left me a bit confused.

    Is this saying that I need an OSX partition on the separate hard drive as well?

    Is this referring to the Bootcamp Setup Assistant? I would prefer to use Bootcamp rather than have to hunt down drivers, etc.

    Thanks again!
     
  4. Mackilroy macrumors 68040

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    It's pretty clear to me. You don't need to have OS X on all your drives - for example, I have three hard drives, one with OS X installed, one for video, and one for Windows. If I pulled out the drive with OS X on it tomorrow, I could still boot up via the Windows drive with no issue at all.

    Once you install Windows, just stick in the 10.5 DVD and it'll install drivers automatically.
     
  5. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    Boot Camp is ONLY needed when you use a single drive, and share it between multiple OS's. :)

    So NO NEED for OS X to share a drive meant solely for another OS (dedicated drive).

    Don't worry, it's not hard. :) Just remember to use the Option key, or you can install rEFit if you would like some graphics to help with OS selection. :p
     
  6. Igotmacqs thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks,

    So...just insert the Windows disk and follow instructions? Sorry, but I am new to this.
     
  7. Mackilroy macrumors 68040

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    Boot Camp makes it easy, but like nanofrog said it's not required.

    It'd be pretty much the same as installing Windows on any old PC.
     
  8. Cliff3 macrumors 65816

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    Windows is going to need Bootcamp for the EFI support.
     
  9. RemarkabLee macrumors 6502a

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    That was true for Boot Camp 1.x, but not 2.x.

    EFI support for windows is handled in hardware. Boot Camp 2.x is a simply a partition re-sizer.

    So anyone could simply create a partition using Disk Utility and install Windows without the help from Boot Camp at any stage.
     
  10. Igotmacqs thread starter macrumors member

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    Not getting this at all. What role would Bootcamp be playing in the event that it was not used for the install?

    Is there a step-by-step that someone could direct me to for installing Windows on a separate disk without Bootcamp (so that I will not have to ask these beginner questions among the informed here). I obviously do not understand the full role of Bootcamp.

    Thanks.
     
  11. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    Actually, it isn't. :eek: ;)
    The BIOS emulation is located in the firmware, NOT Boot Camp. :)
     
  12. Mackilroy macrumors 68040

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    Boot Camp is NEVER used for the install. It's used solely to create a partition (or reformat a drive, if you devote a whole HDD to it) so you can install Windows. Before the release of Leopard, it also provided drivers, but now those come with your 10.5 disc.

    That's all it does.

    Simple process to install Windows:

    1. Format HDD (or partition) for Windows with Boot Camp.
    2. Insert Windows installation disc
    3. Install Windows.
     
  13. Cliff3 macrumors 65816

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    There is little point in its existing anymore then, is there?
     
  14. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    Boot Camp is needed to partition a single drive used for BOTH OS X and Windows. Separate drives however, do eliminate the need for it. ;)
     
  15. Igotmacqs thread starter macrumors member

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    Got it. Thanks for the info (and all of your patience).
     
  16. Mackilroy macrumors 68040

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    So you've got Windows installed now?
     

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