My situation: I have a "late '08 aluminum" MacBook, currently have Snow Leopard installed, along with a multi-boot XP partition via Bootcamp, all on the original hard-drive. The HDD is 7 years old and had its abuse, but I have "legacy" applications on both OSes that I cannot transfer.
What I want to do: I want to swap in a new SSD, and put the old HDD in a drawer. I only want to install only Windows 7 (and eventually 10 & XP) on it. I want the ability to swap in my old HDD to use Snow Leopard/XP without "difficulty". For that reason, I'm not going to install Mavericks, Capitan, or Yosemite on my new drive, or anything to jeopardize backwards-compatibility with Snow Leopard from the bootloader. (I've chatted with a few Apple tech's, they have warned that a firmware update will "bar" me from using older versions like Snow Leopard, so I'm trying figure out how to work around that.)
What I have questions about:
- Will the screen pictured below boot to Windows or Linux without "Macintosh HD" being present/ever being installed?
- Most importantly, if I swapped in my old HDD, will Snow Leopard be accessible and boot, as if nothing happened?
I am also a bit worried about Bootcamp drivers, as well as using NTFS, but I can work through those problems (I think). My current XP installation is NTFS and the only problem with that is not being able to copy files back and forth between partitions.
Thanks in advance for any expert advice!