Wintec Filemate 96GB ExpressCard--how to partiotion & make bootable?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Black Russian, Feb 13, 2012.

  1. Black Russian macrumors newbie

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    I'm trying to partition my new Wintec Filemate 96Gb SSD card for Windows (XP or 7, haven't decided yet). I followed the Apple-published instructions in BootCamp Installation Guide stating that I need to first format it as Mac OS Extended (Journaled), then use BootCamp Assistant to partition it for Windows (NTFS). So, I formatted it as Mac OS Extended, Journaled (using the "GUID" option), but when I tried to partition it in BootCamp Assistant, only the hard drive was shown there, no Wintec SSD. How do I proceed?

    The Wintec SSD does show in Finder, and the system sees it as "Serial ATA", so it should be regarded as an internal disk. Also, the BootCamp Guide says that "If your computer has more than one internal disk and you want to install
    Boot Camp on a disk that isn’t in the first hard drive bay, remove the drives in the lower numbered bays. You can reinstall the drives after you install Boot Camp" -- does this mean that I should remove the hard drive and boot from OSX DVD? Before removing the hard drive, I tried to start from the DVD, but only got to the grey screen with the apple logo; it got stuck on that screen, so that doesn't seem to be working for me either. Any suggestions?
     
  2. andbiv macrumors newbie

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    any luck with this? I am trying to do the same thing.
     
  3. Black Russian thread starter macrumors newbie

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    In one word - no. Even though the express card was available for read/write operations and showed as a "Serial ATA" drive in Snow Leopard, the iOS didn't see it as an available drive to boot from when I held the the Option key on start up. Someone recommended me to play with rEFIt, but I really had no time or any background knowledge on how to "play" with it, so I eventually had to give up the whole idea of having a portable and bootable drive for the Mac laptop. I'm sure there has to be a solution to it, but I just didn't have enough resources (time, mostly) to keep figuring it out.
     
  4. andrewwynn macrumors newbie

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    Virtualization is your friend

    I specifically bought the wintec 64GB so i could fit both LION and Bootcamp on the drive only to discover that windoz can't see the drive so it's a no-go.

    I fortunately was just about to 'start clean' with my bootcamp install anyhow so i just re-installed using parallels as an 'expanding' disk located on my user partition on the ssd drive.

    I really never booted in bootcamp mode since it screws with windows activations, so i'm 'good to go' with the bonus that i don't' have to waste nearly as much of my drive space for windoz anymore.
     

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