Pre-existing bootcamp on HDD, Mavericks on SSD

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by townsend2005, May 3, 2014.

  1. townsend2005 macrumors newbie

    Oct 15, 2012
    Say I have an HDD with 10.6.8 and I put a Win7 bootcamp partition/install on it.

    Then let's say I do a clean install of Mavericks on on an SSD, with a Time Machine migration.

    Will the pre-existing bootcamp work, since it's on a different physical disk? :)

    My Current configuration:
    Early 2011 MBP
    HDD in Original Bay.
    SSD in Opti-bay.
    (Currently) Single boot to 10.6.8

    My Goal:
    SSD in Optibay: Mavericks
    HDD in Mainbay:
    Keep 10.6.8
    Keep Bootcamp Windows 7

    I have another post on this, but I'm trying to separate the Mavericks install issues from the bootcamp issues.

    Thanks for reading and for helpful suggestions.
  2. Quad5Ny macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2009
    New York, USA
    Yes, provided the OS X installer does not touch the other drives MBR and Windows doesn't have a hissy fit that there is now another drive in the system.

    If you are going to do this, it is very important you keep the HDD connected to its original SATA port or else you'll need to update Windows BCD (Boot Configuration Store).
  3. townsend2005 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 15, 2012
    Ok - thanks for the tip on the BCD.

    Quad5ny, can I ask one more thing,
    Do you know if OSX has a similar proclivity to where it's originally installed?

    Years ago, I cloned my HDD 10.6 install to my SSD, and it led to unusually long shutdown times, I could only solve it by doing a fresh install directly to the SSD. I assumed the problem was something similar to the hardware configuration of the original install.

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