Running windows on a mac from a windows hard drive

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by michaelpronald, Oct 4, 2010.

  1. michaelpronald macrumors newbie

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    So, I want to run windows on my mac, but I don't have a spare copy of windows. However, I do have a copy of windows on a Dell I don't use anymore.

    Unfortunately, Dell never gave me a windows XP disc. Instead, they gave me a "Recovery disk," which I believe reinstalls the windows partition on the HDD. Is there any way for me to take this hard drive out of the Dell, hook it up to my mac using a Sata-to-usb cable, and run the windows from this hard drive on my mac?

    I guess you could say it would be the equivilent of running windows installed to an external hard drive. Could a mac recognize windows already installed, or does boot camp have to do a completely new install for it to work?

    Also worth considering: Maybe one could install the mac drivers to the pre-existing Dell's windows install before plugging it into the mac, so the mac's hardware can be recognized?

    All and any thoughts/solutions are welcome.
     
  2. balamw Moderator

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    Assuming the Dell will no longer be used, your best bet is to "import" the Dell's HDD as a Virtual Machine. If it still runs, I'd suggest running VMWare Converter on it to generate the VM, otherwise look around for instructions on doing a P2V migration (Physical to Virtual) from a partition or raw disk image.

    Converting it to Boot Camp is much more difficult and (IMHO) not worth it.

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