Install Windows 7 (32 or 64 bit) and LINUX on external drive on iMac running Snow Leopard - ?6 GB RAM for Mac iMac7,1
Posted on 2010-11-09
Wondering if this can be done. I would prefer to install both on an external hard drive using rEFIt-0.14.dmg and using a partition tool called iPartition.
Not sure how to do this for Windows 7 and if this can be done. I have install CD's for 32 and 64 bit Windows 7 and an Ubuntu installer. I was under the impression that you cannot install the 32 bit Windows 7 on my Mac:
Model Name: iMac
Model Identifier: iMac7,1
Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
Processor Speed: 2.8 GHz
Number Of Processors: 1
Total Number Of Cores: 2
L2 Cache: 4 MB
Memory: 4 GB
Bus Speed: 800 MHz
Boot ROM Version: IM71.007A.B03
and that you cannot install windows on an external drive.
Also, wondering if my iMac can handle 6GB of memory. Apple says 4 GB, but OWC has kits for a 6GB upgrade.
I have VMWare and that apparently supports 64 bit windows 7, more flexibility. Just not sure if the performance would be much better if I boot directly into windows.
I tried BootCamp and ran into some errors trying to install the 32-bit version.