Where to install Win 7

Discussion in 'iMac' started by tommy0614, Jan 28, 2013.

  1. tommy0614 macrumors member

    Jan 7, 2013
    I have the Imac 27 fusion drive. If I understand right the installation of Win 7 thru bootcamp will load on the hard drive not the SSD. If that is correct what would I have to purchase to load Win 7 on ie SSD in order to run my games thru the SSD. Thank you.
  2. oldhifi macrumors 65816


    Jan 12, 2013
    with all the problems that occurs with windows on a Mac, I would just buy a old laptop to use windows ..I plan to keep my old laptop for this, and never use windows on my Mac..
  3. Ant2369 macrumors member


    Jul 20, 2011
    From my readings you'd need to separate the 2 drives via terminal commands thus pretty much defeating the purpose of the fusion drive. Personally I'd leave it and just run your games from the Bootcamp partition. I did this and I've played max Payne 3 maxed out with no stuttering or issues
  4. tommy0614 thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 7, 2013
    Thank you Ant2369. So you suggest loading Win 7 thru bootcamp onto my Imac and then loading my games. Is that correct?
  5. forty2j macrumors 68030


    Jul 11, 2008
    If you REALLY REALLY wanted to, you could un-fuse the Fusion, partition it, partition the HDD, re-fuse part of the SSD with part of the Fusion, bootcamp the other partition of the SSD, and use the other part of the HDD for extra Windows data. However, this is all a royal pain in the hiney. Personally I just accept the fact that Windows doesn't run at SSD speeds, and I go into bootcamp no more than once a week probably anyway.

    Also bear in mind that many games do have OS X versions that perform well.. you don't need to game exclusively in Windows if you don't want to.
  6. seanm9 macrumors regular

    Dec 29, 2007
    Cape Cod, MA
    if you really, really, really needed SSD speeds there are a few threads here about installing Windows on a TunderBolt drive... install with Bootcamp... clone windows partition to external TB SSD.... delete windows partition from HDD... re-Fusion the drive...

    but that seems like a lot of work...

  7. hfg macrumors 68040


    Dec 1, 2006
    Cedar Rapids, IA. USA
    Or ... you could simply install Windows to an external Thunderbolt SSD drive. No cloning, no re-Fusioning required.

    See this thread here:
    Installing Windows 8 on an External SSD Guide


    If you had the option of a larger blade SSD with a Fusion drive, you could install Windows internally on a SSD partition and use the remainder of the SSD as your Fusion portion. However, the 128GB SSD that Apple offers is really too small to do this effectively. I configure my DIY Fusion drives this way ... but with 512GB SSDs.
  8. torana355 macrumors 68030

    Dec 8, 2009
    Sydney, Australia
    Install windows on the normal HDD and get an external SSD to install your games onto.
  9. DerekS macrumors 6502

    Jun 25, 2007
  10. Outrigger macrumors 68000


    Dec 22, 2008
    I'm waiting for some os x vs. windows posts, but you beat everyone to the punch. :rolleyes:
  11. Drharrington macrumors member

    Jan 1, 2012
    Really getting away from partitions and doing virtual. Virtual box is excellent and free. IMHO better than any other option. Very clean.

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