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OS X and XP OS on seperate discs?

1868 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Mar 27, 2008 2:54 PM by CapNemo RSS
maxthewoodman Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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Jan 4, 2008 8:32 AM
Would it be possible to have Windoze and OS X on seperate discs, instead of using a partition / Bootcamp? - and if so could I access it at start up with the 'Options' key as per bootcamp?
Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • AppleNewton Level 2 Level 2 (185 points)
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    Jan 4, 2008 10:50 AM (in response to maxthewoodman)
    Two complete separate drives?
    absolutely, I personally prefer that over partitioning my OSX Main Drive

    Drive Bay 1: OS X
    Drive Bay 2: Windows

    just go into bootcamp select the harddrive you placed in your second bay and it will use that as the target disk to install windows when you insert the windows disc and restart to install.
    MacPro2.66 : : 2GB : : 500GB : : ATI X1900XT // MacBookPro 2.2 : : 2GB : : 120GB, Mac OS X (10.4.9), XP Pro Sp2 : : 500GB / / iPod 30GB 5th Gen. Black
  • Michele Bugliaro Goggia Calculating status...
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    Jan 5, 2008 2:33 AM (in response to AppleNewton)
    Thank you, I wanted to know as well.
    PowerMac G4 MDD DP 1GHz / Mac Pro Dual Xeon 2.66, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • CapNemo Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Mar 27, 2008 2:54 PM (in response to maxthewoodman)
    Another way to do it is to either partition your second drive and format the partition as NTFS with Disk Utility, or format the entire drive the same way. Then install Windows on that drive or partition, again making sure to format as NTFS. Once Windows is installed, simply insert the Leopard disk and install the Boot Camp drivers. To restart onto the Windows partition simply hold down the "option" key at restart or start-up.

    One little caveat when partitioning the drive, make sure that the Windows partition is the LAST partition on the drive.
    Mac Pro/2.88hz/6gigs/1.2TBs, Mac OS X (10.5.2)


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