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Dual Drive iMac and Boot Camp
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Jul 29, 2010, 03:34 PM
Dual Drive iMac and Boot Camp

I am very interested in buying the new iMac with the option of getting the internal 256 GB SSD drive as well as an internal 1 TB hard drive. Apple states that when getting the dual drive configuration, the OS will be installed on the SSD, which makes sense since you want your OS and applications on the faster drive. I'd like to run 64-bit Windows 7 on a Boot Camp partition as well. The Boot Camp documentation states the following.

Note: If your computer has more than one internal disk and you want to install Boot Camp on a disk that isn’t in the first hard drive bay, remove the drives in the lower numbered bays. You can reinstall the drives after you install Boot Camp.
So what does this mean for a dual drive iMac? Which drive is in the lower numbered bay? I suppose what I'm trying to find out is which of these use cases would be supported with an iMac configured with two drives, without having to take apart the computer to swap out drives. Any help would be appreciated.

1. Partition the SSD to contain Mac OS X and a Boot Camp partition. Use the 1 TB drive for data.
2. Keep Mac OS X on the SSD, and on the 1 TB drive create a Boot Camp partition as well as an HFS+ partition for data.

I think I'd prefer to do option #2. Would anyone know if the SSD would be located in the first drive bay?
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