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Is possible to install Windows 10 via bootcamp, on a drive that is not the main drive? I am running 10.11 (el capitan), which is the highest OS that my machine seems to be able to run. EDIT No, I am not using an external drive, but an internal drive (the Mac Pro has 4 internal SATA bay for drives). Sep 06, 2016 Yes, i have tried to download the necesarry software to install windows 10 on my macbook air 2014, but after my mac boot to windows, there is no sound to guide me through the installation process. For now, i give up. Installing windows 8.1 via bootcamp without vision Guide - March 4, 2016 - Ashley - 13 comments.

I did repair my early 2009 mac pro 4.1; and after installing a gtx970 I did realize that I may use it also for windows gaming.

Although my main drive is just a boot for OSX, which is a 90 GB SSD drive; the rest of my home directory and application support is on a SATA mechanical drive. Is possible to install Windows 10 via bootcamp, on a drive that is not the main drive? I am running 10.11 (el capitan), which is the highest OS that my machine seems to be able to run.

One serious bug should be considered when trying to do this. El Capitan boot camp assistant will fail to remove your Windows partition if you don't want that Windows installation. And you will likely end up with backing up your Mac OS X and format the whole disk to bring everything back to normal. Get CleanMyMac here - The best app to Clean and Speed Up your Mac. How to Speed Up and Optimize your Mac - Watch my training co. On supported Macs running OS X El Capitan, Boot Camp comes with a modified interface that places the ISO image selector and partitioning on a single screen, allowing a user to easily select an ISO. Download Mac El Capitan; Boot Camp Mac Os El Capitan Download; What you need to install Windows 10 on Mac. MacBook introduced in 2015 or later; MacBook Air introduced in 2012 or later.

EDITNo, I am not using an external drive, but an internal drive (the Mac Pro has 4 internal SATA bay for drives)


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Below is a quote taken from the Boot CampInstallation & Setup Guide (copyright 2013).

• If you have a Mac Pro with 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.


So, it is possible to install Windows via Boot Camp, on a drive that is not the main drive. The maximum Windows that Apple officially supports is Windows 8.1 (64-Bit). Microsoft says you should be able to upgrade an existing Boot Camp Windows 8.1 installation to Windows 10.

Everything I have posted so far is by the book. However, you are proposing going off script by directly installing Windows 10. Officially, the answer is no, but unofficially the answer probably is yes. If you try, expect to encounter Scarecrows. In other words, expect error messages from Apple as some point during the installation that will say you can not proceed. There is usually are one or more ways to bypass any problems that you will encounter. You can try posting a problem here and see if anyone can suggest a solution.

Here is some advice.

  • Burn the Windows 10 ISO to a DVD. You may need a DL DVD.
  • Install a BIOS booting Windows.
  • Before installing, make sure the Widows Support Software has been copied to a FAT formatted flash drive.
  • Select the Master Boot Record partitioning scheme when using the Disk Utility to erasing the flash drive.

BTW, you do not need a license to try Windows 10. You can download and install without a Product Key. If you choose to keep Windows 10, then you will need to purchase a license.

There is always the possibility that Windows 10 is not compatible with your processor. I assume the Windows 10 installer would inform you, if this was the case. I have encountered PCs where I could install 64 bit Windows 7, 8 and 8.1, but not Windows 10. Basically, the processor did not meet the requirements given below. (This was taken from the Microsoft web site: Minimum hardware requirements, Section 3.1 Processor)

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  • Compatible with the x86 or x64 instruction set.
  • Supports PAE, NX and SSE2.
  • Supports CMPXCHG16b, LAHF/SAHF, and PrefetchW for 64-bit OSinstallation

On the other hand, I came across the Microsoft website: Windows Processor Requirements, which states:

Intel Xeon processors are supported on Windows 10 Pro for Workstations and Windows 10 Enterprise only

Apparently, you can download and try Windows 10 Enterprise for free. See the Microsoft Evaluation Center website.

If you do not use the Boot Camp Assistant to install Widows, then you should follow the instructions provided by Microsoft. For BIOS booting Windows, the instructions for partitioning can be found at the BIOS/MBR-based hard drive partitions website.

I would recommend placing the System partition on the first (main) drive and then placing the Windows and Recovery partitions on a second internal drive. You could combine the Windows and Recovery partitions, if you wish. This System partition is only appropriately 100 MB in size, so the partition should have minimum impact on the space for macOS.

Note: The Microsoft instructions do no include the Mac requirement that any drives that share macOS and a BIOS booting Windows must by Hybrid partitioned.

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This article explains how to install Windows 10 on an old MacBook running El Capitan. Apple made sure to make our lives difficult but installation is still doable.

Download the Windows 10 .iso file from your preferred location (MSDN, torrentz etc) and place the .iso file on the desktop.

Insert a USB drive in one of the Mac’s ports. This USB drive will be formatted so make sure that all its contents are backed up.

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Launch the Disk Utility, select the USB drive from the list, then press Erase on the top of the window and make sure MS-DOS (FAT) format is selected. Then click Erase button to start the process.

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Once formatting is complete, launch Boot Camp assistant and click Continue. Make sure all three options are selected as per below screenshot.

If the first option “Create a Windows 7 or later version install disk” is missing, please follow the article of the link to make it appears before continuing the process on this article.

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Then click Continue again. If the .iso file is placed on the Desktop and the USB drive is FAT formatted, Boot Camp Assistant will automatically detect them as per screenshot below.

Click Continue again to manage the size of the Windows partition and then the installation process will initiate!

Once Windows 10 are installed, you will notice some key mac features like right click of the Track Pad are not working.

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In order to install Boot Camp drivers, please follow the article “Boot Camp x64 is unsupported on this computer model“.

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