What is the easiest way to add a drive for bootcamp?

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  1. illtema macrumors newbie

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    Aside from the 4 hd bays in the 5,1 Mac Pro , What is the easiest & cheapest way to add a new drive that I can use for bootcamp? Currently in HS and can't use boot disk for boot camp.
     
  2. casperes1996 macrumors 68040

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    USB probably
     
  3. illtema thread starter macrumors newbie

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    can you boot from windows on a external drive?
     
  4. casperes1996 macrumors 68040

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    I've never tried on a 5.1 but you certainly can on 2011 MBP and 2014MBP & iMac
     
  5. h9826790 macrumors G5

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    The SATA port in optical bay.
     
  6. Zeke D macrumors 65816

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    The SATA ports in the optical bay if you want to add 3.5" disks. If you want to add a 2.5" or SSD, get a pcie adapter if you have room.
     
  7. h9826790 macrumors G5

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    NO, PCIe adaptor won’t make boot Windows easier. In fact, quit a few PCIe adaptors cannot boot Windows (at least not OOTB).

    Also, install 2.5” SSD in optical bay is easier than 3.5” HDD. For 2.5” SSD, simply plug the cable and done, no adaptor required. Because no moving parts inside the SSD, no need to mount it.

    For 3.5” HDD, an adaptor is required to mount the HDD properly. You can’t let a 3.5” HDD just sit inside the optical cage without mounting screw. The vibration may cause damage to the disc.
     
  8. SoyCapitanSoyCapitan macrumors 601

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    Not on a Mac without a terrible amount of hacks that are unreliable.
     
  9. h9826790 macrumors G5

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    And that’s just assuming using the slow USB 2.0 port on the cMP. It’s want to boot from a USB 3.0 card. That will require even more complicated boot redirection hacks.
     
  10. SoyCapitanSoyCapitan macrumors 601

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    Better to buy a cheap PC.
     
  11. tayy macrumors member

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    What about Mac OS SSD connected to a PCI adapter and bootcamp drive In the standard optical Bay? Is that a a smooth solution?
     
  12. h9826790 macrumors G5

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    Yes. Assuming you use the correct PCIe card and SSD (e.g. NVMe is NOT natively bootable)
     

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