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Installing Vista on MacBook Pro 2nd HDD
      #39258 - 11/27/10 02:10 AM

I am attempting to install Windows Vista (then upgrade to Win7 since I only have an upgrade for Win7) on a dedicated 2nd HDD i just installed in my 2010 17" MacBook Pro (OSX 10.6.5). I found this article on this site (http://www.mobiletechreview.com/editorials/Vista-on-Mac.htm) that talks about creating partitions on single drives using Boot Camp and it's not working quite the same for me. Steps: launch Boot Camp, Create Partition on 2nd HDD (having it erase and format) then the system reboots (I'm assuming this is normal having no experience) and it basically boots to the stander white/gray Apple logo screen where the logo is periodically replaced by a circle with a slash through it and never really does anything. I've let that go on for 20 minutes thinking it was doing "something" to no avail. What am I missing? When I next boot back to OSX, the drive is no longer mountable and I have to format using disk utility and start the same process all over again with the same results. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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Re: Installing Vista on MacBook Pro 2nd HDD [Re: dtrudo]
      #39261 - 11/27/10 04:44 PM

When using bootcamp, you have to install Windows on the internal drive, not an external drive.

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Re: Installing Vista on MacBook Pro 2nd HDD [Re: LisaG]
      #39262 - 11/27/10 05:00 PM

it is internal....I replaced the superdrive with a second drive and moved the superdrive externally. wouldn't that work?

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Re: Installing Vista on MacBook Pro 2nd HDD [Re: dtrudo]
      #39279 - 11/29/10 05:07 PM

Welcome to MTR dtrudo.

I assume you have a Windows installation CD inserted somewhere that you intended to proceed with...? If so, have you tried holding the Option key to bring up the boot menu, or holding the "C" key to boot from DVD?

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Re: Installing Vista on MacBook Pro 2nd HDD [Re: Jacob_Spindel]
      #39282 - 11/30/10 03:39 AM

On my 2010 15" MacBook Pro, the DVD drive is on a separate SATA controller from the OEM hard drive. I wonder if that presents a problem? I'm not sure how the Mac treats that second SATA interface (say as an external interface though it's physically internal to the machine). Vista is very picky about being installed on an external drive and it needs drivers if it thinks the drive is on an external (eSATA) connection rather than internal SATA (strange, I know).

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Re: Installing Vista on MacBook Pro 2nd HDD [Re: LisaG]
      #39292 - 11/30/10 11:10 PM

Thanks LisaG. I finally got it working and here is how it worked for the record. I have a 2010 17" MBP with the I7 CPU and 8GB DRAM. Originally, I wanted to load Windows Vista on a 2nd HDD replacing the DVD Superdrive and moving it to external enclosure. I'll spare you and anyone else that finds this thread all the things that didn't work, but suffice it to say this was the ONLY way I could get it to work. I installed the Windows destined HDD to the primary space and re-installed the Superdrive back in it's original position. After messing around with Windows Vista forever and never getting it to work, I went to Windows 7 and it loaded immediately. I was able to load the OS, update all the drivers and just about everything works with the exception of the WIFI controller and the iSight controller. I haven't spent enough time as of this writing to find Windows drivers for the wireless network controller (assuming they exist) but I'm sure I'll get something worked out. The wired Ethernet works just fine. I re-installed the OSX drive to the primary position, moved the Windows 7 drive to the secondary position and I am able to boot to both without any issues. I've also proved the USB cabled Superdrive works just fine in both OS's as well, however there are some oddities such as not being able to use the eject button on the keyboard any longer in either OS. I have to click on the mounted DVD to eject (no biggie). You were right on the secondary SATA position causing problems with the Windows installation. Thanks LisaG and Jacob for responding to me and I hope this helps anyone else trying to dual boot with separate drives on a MacBook Pro (no Boot Camp). Best to you both.

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