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Pc hard drive in a mac?

Discussion in 'Computers and Technology' started by Aidies, Dec 27, 2016.

  1. Aidies

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    im getting an older Mac Pro for some audio/visual editing and want to eventually boot camp it....can I take the hard drive out of my PC and plug it into the mac and have it run that drive for windows and the OS X drive when needed upon restart?
     
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    I am no apple expert so take this with a large grain of salt -

    I believe it will come down to the one you got. Apple generally doesn't like people tinkering with their hardware however hard drives and Ram are something you can generally swap out. If it is a Mac Pro and not a Macbook Pro that is. To really answer though we would need a lot more information. Odds are your current computer has a SATA style HDD, the Mac could have a very similar drive or it could have an M.2 SSD or even a thunderbolt drive. Need make and model info. As to plugging in the drive and using Apple hardware to run Windows, not really. I may be mistaken but bootcamp is running a windows environment inside of IOS not just booting windows from bios. The problem is Apple doens't tend to make windows drivers for its hardware, sometimes that isn't a problem as you can go to newegg and buy the same CPU or whatever but sometimes (more recently) they do get specific runs of CPUs but particularly GPUs and motherboards. Not vastly different from what we can buy on the market but enough that the drivers are not exactly the same.

    So you can maybe install windows and find a working CPU driver, and a GPU driver that will work 90%, but those MB drivers can be a real problem. It may work with generic windows drivers but it may not. That is why people use bootcamp,as it basically emulates windows within IOS.

    Again double check but as a windows user that is my understanding of it.
     
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    You'll be able to use that hard drive, but you'll need to reinstall Windows in order for it to work using Boot Camp with a Windows CD/Key that's valid. Boot Camp comes Pre installed on the Mac and if it's a newer mac you'll have to run Windows 10 on it. or you can buy Parallels or VMWare Fusion. They cost between 80 (Parallels) and 160 (VMWare Fusion) Plus the cost of the Operating System if you don't currently have a copy (100ish Last I checked). I only have experience in Parallels, and it's a nice program. They both basically run the Windows OS in a Virtual machine on top of the Mac OS. Depending on what you plan on using it for between Bootcamp and a Virtual OS, depends on which one would suit you best. If you're running resource intensive stuff you're going to want to use Boot Camp, if not, then Parallels or VMWare will work for you, and make it much easier to switch back and forth.

    I have experience in both if you have any other questions.
     
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    Awesome! Thanks I'll most likely be using boot camp...I think I have a license for windows somewhere. Does it have to be a dvd or would a download key work?
     
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    A Download key will work as long as it works on that particular Windows type (OEM Vs Retail). You will need a DVD or an ISO to install Windows though, Boot Camp will require it to pull files off of it for the install.
     
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