Possible to install Win XP/Vista/7RC on a dedicated hard drive with Boot Camp?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by RRRize, May 31, 2009.

  1. RRRize macrumors regular

    Jul 5, 2008
    Is it possible to install Windows on its own hard drive or with Boot Camp are we forced to install it on a partition on the startup OS X disk?

    I tried to install it on an empty 250GB HD with Boot Camp, but when the system restarted to install Windows, it asked me to choose a CD ROM and gave me the option of 1 or 2. When I pressed either 1 or 2 nothing happens. It remains stuck on that prompt. By the way, I only have 1 CD/DVD ROM drive in my MacPro.

    Thanks for any insight.
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    As long as it's an internal drive then I think you can, but if it's an external (USB or Firewire) drive then no, I'm pretty sure you can't.
  3. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    There was a thread about this a while back. Try searching with mroogle. IIRC, the usual boot camp install only works on the boot drive, but it's possible to monkey around and get it to work on other drives.
  4. Trainwreck707 macrumors member

    Feb 26, 2008
    Boot camp works fine on a dedicated internal HD. Just make sure when formatting the drive that you select the correct one.

    You actually don't even need Boot Camp (it is basically a partitioning tool). Pop in the Windows install disc and shut down. At restart, hold the option key and boot from the disc. Follow the instructions and your good to go. Once again, make sure you install it on the correct drive! To be sure, I yanked my Mac HD before restart.

    Once Windows is installed, you can use the Leopard install disc to install all of the drivers and the Boot Camp add ons.
  5. RRRize thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 5, 2008
    Okay. So I am using an internal hard drive and I attempted to boot he Mac with the Window RC DVD. I held down the Option key at restart and I selected the Windows disk, but it still came up with: "Select CD-ROM type" and above that was a 1. and 2. But nothing was next to 1 or 2 to describe what they were. The cursor was blinking, but pressing 1 or 2 did nothing. The machine seemed to be frozen and I had to reboot.

    EDIT: I know my Windows 7 RC disk is good because I have installed it on my MacBook Pro with VMWare.

    Any thoughts?
  6. Infrared macrumors 68000


    Mar 28, 2007

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