Solved Hackintos with existing windows 10 on MBR partition.

Dell Inspiron 17-7737 intel core i7 4500...
November 18, 2016 at 21:24:19
Specs: Windows, Intel i7 4500U
Okay so, I want to install Mac OS in my Dell Inspiron 7737. I looked over internet and read several threads and articles but my situation is worse, I have Windows 10 already installed on Legacy mode and MBR partition which I cannot remove because of school projects.

So, my question is, is it even possible to hackintos my laptop with all the conditions I have? I tried to search over google to finds a similar situation but cannot find any.

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November 21, 2016 at 03:09:13
An SSD drive + case is likely to be a wee bit of cash; but a standard hard drive + case would not be very much. Certainly get one that is at least 500Gig - as surprising how quickly they fill up...

If you're going to back up your current windows-10 drive... then of course you will need another drive?

I haven't gone "hackintosh journey" so I can't advise from personal experience. I have gone the Bootcamp and Parallels routes of course as I have Mac systems; and also an elderly Acer Aspire (running XP-Pro).

Others here may know more of the hackintosh routines so hang about. I will nonetheless have a trawl to see what's out there re' setting it up...

On a single hard drive each OS will need its own partition space; that's how it works on Mac systems wanting Windows as a dual boot via Bootcamp (Apple's boot-manager). Parallels which runs inside Mac OS simply creates an virtual drive within Mac and installs windows there. There is still only one partition on the hard drive when you use Parallels.

Briefly on Mac systems: one runs the Boot Camp app to create a second partition on the existing Mac install drive; that's where the windows OS goes. There is a separate installer (again part of the Boot Camp software routine) which enables the installation of windows into the new partition. One boots the Mac with that installer and then follows the procedure (to install windows) as per the instructions which are part of that installer.

How it work with hackintosh - I don't know. Equally I don't know if you can restore the backup of windows to your current drive once it has Mac installed and a Boot Camp partition prepared for windows. It may work it may not? I have used Winclone to back up my windows-7 system (on my Mac Mini) as that's the utility that allows it when there is Mac involved. That Winclone backup can be restored to the Mac hard drive.

Be aware that if you change the hard drive and restore the backup you likely have to re-activate the windows installation - which is no great problem (usually). It's when you change the motherboard that problems often arise? If I'm incorrect in the last paragraph others here will correct and advise (for which 'umble thanks...) so watch this space?

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November 19, 2016 at 06:14:12
If it's a laptop you're out of luck because if you want to keep Windows, the MacOS must be installed on a separate internal hard drive, that's obviously only possible to achieve with a desktop PC.

So the only way you can do it on your Dell laptop is by wiping Windows off the drive.

http://www.macworld.co.uk/how-to/ma...


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November 19, 2016 at 13:30:40
- or possibly replace the current Dell installed hard drive with new hard drive. Install Mac OS to that replacement drive; install Parallels.

Install the original Dell installed hard drive in an external enclosure - usb connection.

Attache the original Dell hard drive (now installed in an external enclosure) to your Inspiron via usb.

Boot into Mac OS and then run up Parallels and and see if you can add the OS on the external drive to Parallels as an OS in the Parallels VM.

I haven't tried this but it may work... At least it doesn't in any way write to or otherwise touch the Dell original drive. Thus if it doesn't work you can restore the Del drive back into the laptop drive bay.


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November 20, 2016 at 23:26:04
Currently I don't think I can spend money on buying a new HDD for this, but maybe with the above condition the installation is not possible then I can actually try backing up my HDD to an external one (will take lot of time but ok)

What is going to be exact procedure to install MacOS and then install windows 10 back again to dual boot? I have never done hackintos before so, I will appreciate if I can get a detailed guide.

Thank you.

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November 21, 2016 at 03:09:13
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An SSD drive + case is likely to be a wee bit of cash; but a standard hard drive + case would not be very much. Certainly get one that is at least 500Gig - as surprising how quickly they fill up...

If you're going to back up your current windows-10 drive... then of course you will need another drive?

I haven't gone "hackintosh journey" so I can't advise from personal experience. I have gone the Bootcamp and Parallels routes of course as I have Mac systems; and also an elderly Acer Aspire (running XP-Pro).

Others here may know more of the hackintosh routines so hang about. I will nonetheless have a trawl to see what's out there re' setting it up...

On a single hard drive each OS will need its own partition space; that's how it works on Mac systems wanting Windows as a dual boot via Bootcamp (Apple's boot-manager). Parallels which runs inside Mac OS simply creates an virtual drive within Mac and installs windows there. There is still only one partition on the hard drive when you use Parallels.

Briefly on Mac systems: one runs the Boot Camp app to create a second partition on the existing Mac install drive; that's where the windows OS goes. There is a separate installer (again part of the Boot Camp software routine) which enables the installation of windows into the new partition. One boots the Mac with that installer and then follows the procedure (to install windows) as per the instructions which are part of that installer.

How it work with hackintosh - I don't know. Equally I don't know if you can restore the backup of windows to your current drive once it has Mac installed and a Boot Camp partition prepared for windows. It may work it may not? I have used Winclone to back up my windows-7 system (on my Mac Mini) as that's the utility that allows it when there is Mac involved. That Winclone backup can be restored to the Mac hard drive.

Be aware that if you change the hard drive and restore the backup you likely have to re-activate the windows installation - which is no great problem (usually). It's when you change the motherboard that problems often arise? If I'm incorrect in the last paragraph others here will correct and advise (for which 'umble thanks...) so watch this space?

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