Strange question.

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by onthat, Dec 20, 2007.

  1. onthat macrumors regular

    onthat

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    My roommate has a Macbook with 2 80gb internal discs that he wants to use interchangeably...don't ask me why. Anyhow, he wants to use one predominantly for Leopard and one for XP. He'll be using Bootcamp.

    Is this legal if he uses the update disc?

    Seems like quite the headache.
     
  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    :confused:

    Are you saying that his Macbook has two drives inside it at all times, or that he's swapping drives in and out of it?

    I think, if I understand you correctly, you're talking about one of two situations, and actually, I'm not clear that the swapping is really relevant to either of them:

    1) He wants to have one OS on each disk. This is completely legal for OS X; for Windows, the Update disc requires you to have a license for a previous version of Windows... as long as you've got that license somewhere, that other copy of Windows is not in use, and you've gotten it to install, my understanding is you're legal there. But the Update does require you to own an eligible previous Windows, AFAIK.

    2) He wants to have both OSes on both disks. The caveat applies. Above and beyond that, it's a bit of a grey area, as I understand it. Many of us make clone backups routinely, and I consider these fully legal, as they do not circumvent any kind of copy protection and are used only for archival / backup purposes. So I have two hard drives on my iMac and a total of three copies of my iMac's Tiger environment installed across them, but they are never used simultaneously. His situation seems analogous as long as the drive that is not in the Macbook is not also actively being used by another computer.

    So basically, he can swap if he wants to, but in order to be using a Windows update disc fully legally, it needs to be tied to an eligible upgrade product, AFAIK.
     
  3. onthat thread starter macrumors regular

    onthat

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    I think you answered my question, just to be sure though...

    He has two internal discs, that he wants to swap in and out. (seems dumb)
    Leopard will be installed on both discs.
    Windows XP will be installed on only one of the discs.
    He only has one set of Leopard install discs.
    He has a legitimate copy of XP.

    Basically he could just purchase a 200GB HDD and solve everything...he just doesn't want to.
     
  4. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Yes, as long as he isn't use both disks at the same time, that's generally considered within the bounds of fair use.

    Of course, I'm not his lawyer, so if he ends up all Thinksecret... :eek: ;) :D
     

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