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use existing windows hard drive in mac pro with boot camp

947 Views 8 Replies Latest reply: Apr 9, 2012 3:53 AM by GreekGeek1157 RSS
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Apr 7, 2012 10:56 PM

Can I use an existing windows xp installation from a windows computer> In other words, I have a windows computer with XP Pro service pack 2 on it. I want to take that hard drive and put it in my mac pro and then use it through boot camp. Could'nt I just install the boot camp drivers on it? Thank you in advance.

  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,595 points)



    Windows won't reactivate.


    It has the wrong drivers - and that will cause crash and nver be stable.


    Apple now supports with good reason Windows 7 and depending but you need 64-bit Windows Pro.

  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,595 points)

    They'll be fine (unless they are 16-bit, in which case run a Windows VM).


    Because 32-bit does not make good use of and manage memory, and you would only get less than 3GB available, you want 64-bit (there is next to zilch reason for 32-bit OS at this point).


    When Vista came out in 2006-7 there were 64-bit drivers and the adoption rate. Not now.

  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,595 points)

    Acronis does not play well with Macs. It might on a dedicated Windows drive, but I know and use Paragon Hard Disk MGR 12 $49 and also their $20 Clone OS to HDD (makes a bootable clone so you can use either disk but it is 'whole disk" OS only.


    I'd get the 4-core 2.8, and not a 2.4GHz 2.4 is not standard, it might be in 8-core or something.


    People are upgrading cpu to W3680 $589 DIY


    RAM: 2 x 8GB with room to grow. The sweet spot for CS5.5 is to have 24GB RAM to play with so depending.... 4 x 8GB would still be possible later. And CS5/6 under Windows for some... and ability to use GTX 680 or even 580.


    CS4 is not a good idea but then I have not seen anyone - it is 10.5 era version and CS5.x is now Cocoa code base plus 64-bit - that helps a lot.

  has a lot to offer in ideas.


    Know that your Mac Pro can run those Windows apps in a VM like VirtualBox without breaking a sweat too.


    I'd get it stock and then add an SSD or two as you can afford to.

    OWC has SSD on PCIe $500 for 1TB.

  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,595 points)

    might even want to look at this $2119



    Last week for 'an hour' there was an 6-core 3.33 for $3195 too


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