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add a HDD which already contains Windows 7


i have Mac Pro 3.1 8-core 2.8 GHZ

in drive bay 1 i have a HDD with Mountain Lion

Now i would like to add a HDD coming from a windows PC.

So on the drive Windows 7 is already installed and running. Including some other SW i would like to keep.

If i use Boot_camp i can point out a drive to install windows on.

But i dont want to install windows again.

I want to use the existing installed win7.

Is there a way to mount this drive and make the system dual boot without ree-installing win7 ?

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Hi Rene, it depends which file system you are using because usually Fat32 is prefered to work side by side to MAC with boot camp. You can try attaching your hard drive to see that if bootcamp recognize it or not. Alternately you can take a full back of your windows 7 by using Symantec backup software of any other available online to restore it after re-installing the windows using bootcamp.

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Installed Boot-camp

installed win 7 on a new HDD

Used the option to backup the windows system and put that back-up on the new installed windows.

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No doubt, Windows 7 Professional 64bit is a Pro version of Microsoft, Which has all recommended functions, So you can install it with low specs of your system, As you can see; 1GB Processor, 512mb Ram and 8Gb HDD is required to install Windows 7 Professional, But with these low specs, Your system will not slow, If you're not using any apps, which required high specs.

Microsoft released many new OS, But Still I'm using it and suggest for other to install with its legal license, Which you can buy cheap at ODosta Store

Using Boot into UEFI mode or legacy BIOS-compatibility mode when installing Windows from your USB, DVD, or network location, You'll have full command to use it after having a legal version.

Legal OS for windows or Mac will be full & functional with Microsoft updates and make your data safe and sound. Hope to understand.

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@zobishop7 - This is a very old Q. While I commend your effort its likely the problem has been resolved one way or another.


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