reclaiming boot camp partition space.

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by kevink2, Jul 30, 2009.

  1. kevink2 macrumors 65816

    Nov 2, 2008
    Reclaiming space.

    I've been considering buying an additional hard drive for my Windows partition on my Mac Pro, so I can move my Windows partition off the main Mac hard drive to a drive of it's own (so access to it doesn't slow down everything else).

    Is it possible to reclaim that space for Mac usage without a reinstall? If not, I can do all this when Snow Leopard arrives :)
  2. ilfn143 macrumors 6502

    Aug 27, 2008
    Enron by the Sea
    go into bootcamp assistant and there's an option for that
  3. Silvia96 macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2009
    Durham NC
    Boot camp won't allow you run Windows from a separate hard drive (whether it be USB, Firewire, etc.), only from an internally connected, partitioned hard drive. I went through this same situation recently. Your best bet? What I did: I already had a 250GB external firewire drive that I bought for the sole purpose of doing this, but instead, I swapped it for my internal drive, used Winclone and Superduper, resized my BC partition after putting my backed-up Leopard back on, and now I have 125 gigs of space each for Windows and Mac, no external drive needed. Good luck!
  4. kevink2 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Nov 2, 2008
    Thanks. Since I still have available internal bays, I can buy an inexpensive SATA drive for Windows.

    Or do something completely crazy like buy a decent SSD, make it my Mac system disk, and use the current boot disk for Windows.

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