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Can you use a secondary hard drive to boot a different OS on the same computer?

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July 12, 2013 8:54:27 AM

As the title states, can you use a different secondary hard drive to boot a different Operating system. I am currently using windows on a 500gb hard drive but want a hackintosh. Could I in theory use a secondary hard drive to boot Mac? and if I could how?

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a b G Storage
July 12, 2013 9:06:30 AM

Yes, but you'd have to manually switch between the drives. Read these: http://voices.yahoo.com/how-mac-dual-operating-system-m... , http://www.wikihow.com/Dual-Boot-Mac-Os-X-Lion , http://www.rtxi.org/install/dual-boot-mac-os-and-linux/ There are LOTS of resources out there.
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July 12, 2013 9:06:32 AM

If your bios allows it, go into the bios and change the boot order of all drives such that your "hackintosh" precedes the internal drive.
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a b G Storage
July 12, 2013 9:36:17 AM

I do 7 and XP now.... I did a few linuxes in the past.
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a b G Storage
July 12, 2013 9:50:56 AM

Magikios said:
Zooshooter said:
Yes, but you'd have to manually switch between the drives. Read these: http://voices.yahoo.com/how-mac-dual-operating-system-m... , http://www.wikihow.com/Dual-Boot-Mac-Os-X-Lion , http://www.rtxi.org/install/dual-boot-mac-os-and-linux/ There are LOTS of resources out there.


Ah i've hit a problem looks to me like my rig doesn't support mac OS i have a AMD graphics card, is there a fix for this or am I done for?


Are you trying to set up a Mac OS on a Windows-based PC? I haven't heard of that being done before. Not sure why it would work for a Mac to run Windows but not a Windows-based PC to run a Mac OS. Mostly because I haven't ever looked into it before.

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July 12, 2013 9:54:17 AM

Zooshooter said:
Magikios said:
Zooshooter said:
Yes, but you'd have to manually switch between the drives. Read these: http://voices.yahoo.com/how-mac-dual-operating-system-m... , http://www.wikihow.com/Dual-Boot-Mac-Os-X-Lion , http://www.rtxi.org/install/dual-boot-mac-os-and-linux/ There are LOTS of resources out there.


Ah i've hit a problem looks to me like my rig doesn't support mac OS i have a AMD graphics card, is there a fix for this or am I done for?


yeah, my goal is to have win7 on one hard drive and Mac OS on another and simply booting the one i want from BIOS.




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a b G Storage
July 12, 2013 10:31:00 AM

Magikios said:
Zooshooter said:
Magikios said:
Zooshooter said:
Yes, but you'd have to manually switch between the drives. Read these: http://voices.yahoo.com/how-mac-dual-operating-system-m... , http://www.wikihow.com/Dual-Boot-Mac-Os-X-Lion , http://www.rtxi.org/install/dual-boot-mac-os-and-linux/ There are LOTS of resources out there.


Ah i've hit a problem looks to me like my rig doesn't support mac OS i have a AMD graphics card, is there a fix for this or am I done for?


yeah, my goal is to have win7 on one hard drive and Mac OS on another and simply booting the one i want from BIOS.







That doesn't tell me whether or not the hardware you are using is designed to run a Mac OS or not, which is what I asked. If the hardware isn't designed to run it (Windows-based PC) then you won't be able to boot a Mac OS with it. To the best of my knowledge anyway.
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July 12, 2013 10:49:37 AM


Motherboard - ASRock H77 M
CPU - i5 2500k
Graphics card - AMD 7870 Ghz edition.

And I think that is all that it relevant.
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