Partition Layout Advice: 10.6 & Win 7 on a 120GB SSD and 1TB HD

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by CyCoPaTh, Sep 1, 2010.

  1. CyCoPaTh macrumors newbie

    Jan 19, 2003
    In lieu of the impending arrival of my new 3.33 Hex-core Mac Pro, I could use some quick advice on how best to set up Windows 7 alongside my Snow Leopard Installation.

    I have ordered a 120GB SSD and intend to have my OS X installation on it, using the stock 1TB Hard Disk for Storage etc. I would also, however, like to install boot camp and Windows 7, and am curious about the best way to lay out my drives and partitions...

    Can I safely install OS X on the SSD and then have Windows on a small partition of the Hard Disk and have it boot and function correctly? Does the Windows partition need to be at the beginning of that disk or anything? ...or should i consider splitting the SSD in two for OS X and Windows...?

    I only ask as I remember several years ago having lots of problems trying to dual boot different OSes on different disks and partitions...

    If there was anyone else running a similar set up with OS X, Win 7 on a single SSD and Hard Disk it would be great to hear from you. I think all I need is re-assurance here !

    Thanks as ever.
  2. yellow Moderator emeritus


    Oct 21, 2003
    Portland, OR
    And yes, you can have OS X on the SSD and Windows on a partition of the hard drive. That's how I have it set up on my MacPro. 2 drives for mirrored RAID with Mac OS X only. 3rd drive partitioned in 2 for Boot Camp & storage.
  3. CyCoPaTh thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 19, 2003

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