Using old Macbook Pro HD in Windows computer

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Bill04, Feb 1, 2014.

  1. Bill04 macrumors newbie

    Feb 1, 2014
    Is there any reason why I could not install my old Macbook Pro HD (2011 SATA) into a window's notebook? Is there anything that would need to be done to it besides reformatting?

    I ask because I installed the HD into an ASUS notbook. After reformatting and reinstalling windows using the ASUS recovery cds, the drive will not boot. The drive is recognized in the bios and is the primary boot drive.
  2. Altemose macrumors G3


    Mar 26, 2013
    Elkton, Maryland
    There should not be any issues. I recommend reformatting it under FAT file system with an MBR setup in Disk Utility first. Then when setting it up in the PC, formatting as NTFS which is the only option in Windows Vista or later.
  3. hfg macrumors 68040


    Dec 1, 2006
    Cedar Rapids, IA. USA
    I just moved some old SSDs from my Mac Pro to an old Windows 7 PC and had fits getting rid of the EFI partition (even with DiskPart). I finally had to temporarily put them in my MacPro dock and re-format them there to FAT and MBR. They were then easily formatted to NTFS in the PC.

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