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    Can bootcamp use a pre-existing windows 2nd drive?
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    Can bootcamp use a pre-existing windows 2nd drive?
    On Leopard using 2008 mac pro with leopard on a single hard drive, can I place a 2nd hard drive with a pre existing windows vista partition (from a windows computer) on it and get it to be accessible in bootcamp? If so can it be NTFS or does it have to be Fat32.

    Also, regardless of the above, can the bootcamp windows installation drive have more tha one partition that windows uses? for instance I would have 1 drive for Leopard with a single partition; one drive for windows with multiple partitions (one for windows as c:; one for windows programs, and one for windows games all accesible to the windows booting environment)

    And lastly, can fusion be made to work with this new "bootcamp" window installation once it is already functional in bootcamp?

    Thanks.

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    Can bootcamp use a pre-existing windows 2nd drive?
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    Even if it can, assuming drastic hardware changes windows probably will not load successfully.
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    Can bootcamp use a pre-existing windows 2nd drive?
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    Could use the vista repair boot disk in that case I guess.

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    Can bootcamp use a pre-existing windows 2nd drive?
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    Well booting a separate vista 32 hard drive with 3 existing windows partitions formated in NTFS into safe mode from bootcamp resulted in a few driver auto updates and a reboot and then a perfectly working vista drive complete with a separate swap file parttion. It was actually considerably easier than swaping motherboards in a normal windows box. I was actually quite amazed at how easitly it worked and without any crashes whatsoever

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    Can bootcamp use a pre-existing windows 2nd drive?

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    Looking for an update...
    Hey xgman,

    I hope your are still in these forums. I'm getting my MBP tomorrow and I wanted to know how your got boot camp to recognize the pre-existing install on the external? I have the same situation and I wanted some pre-advice.

    randalltrini


    Quote Originally Posted by xgman View Post
    Well booting a separate vista 32 hard drive with 3 existing windows partitions formated in NTFS into safe mode from bootcamp resulted in a few driver auto updates and a reboot and then a perfectly working vista drive complete with a separate swap file parttion. It was actually considerably easier than swaping motherboards in a normal windows box. I was actually quite amazed at how easitly it worked and without any crashes whatsoever

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    Can bootcamp use a pre-existing windows 2nd drive?
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    Have not seen any posts by him in what - four years or so?

    Try PM, cursor over name, click and choose Personal Message.
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    Can bootcamp use a pre-existing windows 2nd drive?

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    Will try that
    Thanks harry. I had clicked on his username and saw he last posted in 2010 so I had hoped he was just lurking. I will try to PM him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harryb2448 View Post
    Have not seen any posts by him in what - four years or so?

    Try PM, cursor over name, click and choose Personal Message.

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