4 Replies Latest reply: Jun 29, 2012 8:22 AM by The hatter
pamela s. Level 1 Level 1

I'm trying to install Windows 7 on a spare disk (in bay 1).  Do I need to format the disk in NTSF or MS DOS (FAT) before installing Windows 7?  The computer currently tells me that the drive is not formatted for installing Win 7 on it.  I had used this drive before for Leopard, cloned it to another drive (bay 2), upgraded to Lion, and erased and formatted the drive in bay 1, but not for the NTSF or MS DOS (FAT).

 

Thanks for any help!


Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
Solved by The hatter on Jun 28, 2012 9:31 AM Solved

it... does... not.. matter... Windows lets you delete and format the drive the way it needs it to be, but fat w/ Master Boot Record (Windows partition table) in Disk Utility: partition: Advanced option.

 

Then pull all the other drives.

 

Pretend you have to start with raw drive, no OS, and DVD in hand.

  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9

    it... does... not.. matter... Windows lets you delete and format the drive the way it needs it to be, but fat w/ Master Boot Record (Windows partition table) in Disk Utility: partition: Advanced option.

     

    Then pull all the other drives.

     

    Pretend you have to start with raw drive, no OS, and DVD in hand.

  • pamela s. Level 1 Level 1

    Thank you very much.  It Worked!  When I had tried to install Win 7 before it wouldn't erase and reformat the disk in Mac extended.  This time with the disk formatted as FAT w/Master Boot Win 7 was able to format it.

     

    You've been very patient with me,

     

    Thanks!

  • umairz Level 1 Level 1

    Does it slow down your system if you install windows on it? I just a new retina macbook pro? Would it be wise to install windows 7 on it? Can i then use all the windows related softwares on it that i would normally use on let's say my old Hp laptop made just for microsoft windows?

     

    Thanks for answers.....

  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9

    You dont' have a Mac Pro. This was about situation different 200% from yours.

     

    Getting this moved to Boot Camp;

    https://discussions.apple.com/community/windows_software/boot_camp?view=discussi ons

     

    The MacBook Air under Windows doesn't support Turbo Boost for now.

     

    Of course you can install Windows natively or in a VM. A VM would have to share memory and processors, that is why people dual boot and run Windows natively on its own partition.