Retina MacBook Pro Win 8 bootcamp question

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Matchy, Aug 12, 2013.

  1. Matchy macrumors newbie

    Aug 6, 2013
    Hi everyone. My new retina MacBook Pro (refurbished 2012 retina MacBook Pro) will arrive tonight (9:30am here in Hong Kong)

    I would like to setup up windows 8 along side with Mountain Lion since I need to do some of my academic work on windows side. ( I prefer native boot no virtualisation)

    However, I would like to ask does the bootcamp assistant format the new partition to GPT format or MBR ? As far as I know Windows 8 (EFI mode) required GPT partition.

    Would like to ask for anyone that install windows 8 with the new bootcamp assistant that came with 10.8.3 update. Thanks
  2. monkeybagel macrumors 65816

    Jul 24, 2011
    United States
    No- it will make it a hybrid partition and boot using CSM.
  3. Matchy thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 6, 2013
    How about using disk utility to create a undefined partition

    (not formating it into HFS or FAT or NTFS).

    When I try to create a Windows Installation USB with the bootcamp assistant (using my old 2010 macbook pro - by changing the plist to enable the option of creating USB install drive).

    When I boot up by holding down the option key:

    I only saw [Macintosh HD] [Recovery HD] [EFI]

    like the image below

  4. Matchy thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 6, 2013
  5. scbond macrumors 6502

    Oct 16, 2010
    Nottingham, UK
    Slightly different answer to your question but if you plan to do actual work in Windows then use Windows 7 and not 8 :D

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