Two partitions and bootcamp

Discussion in 'iMac' started by aevan, Oct 20, 2015.

  1. aevan macrumors 68000

    aevan

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    I have a Fusion Drive on my iMac and I have a 200Gb Bootcamp on it. I am running El Capitan. Anyway, I read somewhere (perhaps I misinterpreted it) that I can have only 2 partitions on my Fusion Drive (in other words, splitting the HDD portion into two partitions). Since I already have a Bootcamp partition, would it be fine to add an additional partition in the remainder of the Fusion Drive? And would it split just the HDD? Basically, I would like to make a 'storage' HDD-only partition on my FD where I can keep the files I use often, but that don't require fast access without them getting on to the SSD.

    Anyone has any experience with that? Thanks.
     
  2. fathergll macrumors 6502a

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    Off topic but how is the performance of the 200Gb Bootcamp on the HD portion of the fusion drive?
     
  3. SolrFlare macrumors regular

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    You can only have 2 total partitions with a fusion drive per apple's support article on fusion drives. It states that second partition can either be a boot camp or OS X partition. So, since you have used it for boot camp, you can not make another Mac partition beyond the one that is already there
     
  4. aevan thread starter macrumors 68000

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  5. aevan thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Well.... It's HDD. It's very slow compared to FD in OS X. Windows boots slowly and it takes much longer to load apps the first time. Once everything loads up, it's fine. I don't mind, I use Windows only to play an occasional game, and it's quite fine for that. But if I had to get some serious work done, I wouldn't enjoy it. Fusion Drive is great in my opinion (I really like how it works in OS X), but it's not a great performer in Bootcamp as it uses the HDD only.

    Basically, if you want to use Windows on a Mac for more serious work than gaming, you need a full SSD. If you just need it for gaming, FD is fine.
     
  6. fathergll macrumors 6502a

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    Thats actually the biggest reason I wish I had a giant SSD instead of a fusion drive(just to give an option on uses Windows with SSD performance). SSD costed way too much to upgrade to justify it.
     

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