Optibay / Bootcamp / 4 OS'es

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by townsend2005, Apr 27, 2014.

  1. townsend2005 macrumors newbie

    Oct 15, 2012
    Hey guys! Quick Question!

    My current setup:
    Early 2011 MBP
    HDD in Original Bay.
    SSD in Opti-bay.
    (Currently) Single boot to 10.6.8 with Parallels

    My Goal:
    Mavericks on my SSD
    Bootcamp to put 10.6.8 / XP / Win7 on the HDD
    (I have p.i.t.a. legacy software needs, including video software which needs native windows.).

    Can I have multiple Windows boot partitions on my HDD? Someone has said this isn't possible.

    Can I use Bootcamp (under 10.6.8) to make the partitions on the original-bay HDD, and then restore an old CCC image to the intended 10.6.8 Boot partition? It looked like 10.6.8 could make a Win 7 Bootcamp partition, from the specs page.

    Can I install Mavericks to my SSD, once I remove my superdrive? (I'm guessing so, since it's a download, right?)

    Are there any benefits to using Bootcamp from the Mavericks environment? (is that even a thing?)

    Thank you!
  2. saturnotaku macrumors 68000

    Mar 4, 2013
    With Boot Camp, you can only have OS X and one version of Windows installed. Also, Windows XP is not supported on systems running Lion or later unless through a virtual machine. XP runs surprisingly well in Parallels or VMWare Fusion, especially if you have a quad-core Mac.
  3. townsend2005 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 15, 2012
    Thank you. I guess it's clear, I have a lot of reading to do on this forum.

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