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Disable fusion drive in the new iMacs?

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November 28, 2012 8:25:15 PM

Hi,

This is my first post here. I've been trying to figure this out. I'm going to buy an iMac on Friday, so I would really appreciate your help.
I would prefer to get a 3tb fusion drive, but Apple says boot camp doesn't support 3tb fusion drive. I would like to have an extra Windows 7 partition in my iMac for gaming.

Is it possible to disable the fusion drive in the new iMac, so you get two seperat volumes - one SSD and one HD? This would be the best way to get both Windows and OSX on SSD using bootcamp, even if you order the 3TB fusion drive.

Then at a later point, you can just clone the windows 7 partition to an external SSD (thunderbolt preferably), and delete the internal win7 partion and restore the fusion drive.

Can you disable fusion drive in new iMacs? Thanks! :) 
November 28, 2012 10:31:42 PM

duplicate post
November 28, 2012 10:41:18 PM

There's no duplicate post here, please stop derailing this topic. Could anyone please offer some advice? That would be very much appreciated. Thanks!
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November 29, 2012 12:54:49 AM

Mac_34 said:
Hi,

This is my first post here. I've been trying to figure this out. I'm going to buy an iMac on Friday, so I would really appreciate your help.
I would prefer to get a 3tb fusion drive, but Apple says boot camp doesn't support 3tb fusion drive. I would like to have an extra Windows 7 partition in my iMac for gaming.

Is it possible to disable the fusion drive in the new iMac, so you get two seperat volumes - one SSD and one HD? This would be the best way to get both Windows and OSX on SSD using bootcamp, even if you order the 3TB fusion drive.

Then at a later point, you can just clone the windows 7 partition to an external SSD (thunderbolt preferably), and delete the internal win7 partion and restore the fusion drive.

Can you disable fusion drive in new iMacs? Thanks! :) 
Why don't you call an Apple reseller and ask them this question you are better off than here sometimes.
November 29, 2012 12:34:51 PM

No you cant. By disabling the fusion drive, you are going to loose half your files... Bootcamp wont work because you cant create a normal partition because of the way the fusion drive works. You will hav to choose between faster mac, or bootcamp.

@musical marv. WTF man? you are a part of this forum, and the best you can do is tell people to look for info elsewhere?
November 29, 2012 3:00:52 PM

Hi, thanks for the replies. I called apple support, and they said no. However, I'm not sure if I should accept that as the final answer. We all know, the guys at Apple support don't necessarily have all the answers, and sometimes just recite the official Apple line. But for all we know, there could be some changes made to the new iMac that makes it more difficult to disable fusion drive.. We are talking about Apple here after all...
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