14 Replies Latest reply: Aug 20, 2006 7:12 PM by liquidmice
Bob H. Level 4 Level 4 (2,095 points)
Does anyone know why Apple has chosen not to allow installion of Windows on an external drive? I don't think I am going to be willing to risk putting Windows on my internal drive.

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  • 1. Re: Boot Camp on an External Drive
    Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (226,855 points)
    In that case don't install Boot Camp. Until Leopard appears in Spring 2007 there is little likelihood that you will be able to install on a different hard drive.

    Not sure what risk you think there is that wouldn't exist on an external drive. Everyone who is currently using Boot Camp has it installed on their main internal drive.
  • 2. Re: Boot Camp on an External Drive
    Bob H. Level 4 Level 4 (2,095 points)
    Kappy -- thanks for the response. I guess my fear is just intuition. Someone figures out how to get to Mac OS X via a Windows "window", or some other unknown.

    Has there been an indication that Leopard will allow this?

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  • 3. Re: Boot Camp on an External Drive
    Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (226,855 points)
    Yes, it's quite likely that Leopard's version of Boot Camp will allow installation on other drives including external drives.

    As for concerns for accessing OS X from Windows, that's not possible because with Boot Camp Windows boots the compute completely for Windows. OS X and Windows do not run simultaneously, they are not even installed on the save volume.

    Your concerns are based on misinformation or misunderstanding.
  • 4. Re: Boot Camp on an External Drive
    Bob H. Level 4 Level 4 (2,095 points)
    Kappy -- thanks for answering my concerns. I believe my concerns were based on a lack of information rather than misinformation or misunderstanding.

    Best wishes.
  • 5. Re: Boot Camp on an External Drive
    Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (226,855 points)
    Well, whatever the reason your concerns are now dispelled, which is more than I can say for the "misspells" in my previous post!!
  • 6. Re: Boot Camp on an External Drive
    Malcolm Rayfield Level 7 Level 7 (28,070 points)
    As for concerns for accessing OS X from Windows,
    that's not possible because with Boot Camp Windows
    boots the compute completely for Windows. OS X and
    Windows do not run simultaneously, they are not even
    installed on the save volume.

    Your concerns are based on misinformation or
    misunderstanding.

    There in nothing stopping Windows from using MacDrive to access the OSX partition, or a separate OSX drive. Even without MacDrive, Windows can reformat a partition or disk, or write on any sectors it wants to.
    A Windows virus could include enough of MacDrive's code to allow it to install anything it wants on an OSX disk.
  • 7. Re: Boot Camp on an External Drive
    Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (226,855 points)
    And, lightning could strike.
  • 8. Re: Boot Camp on an External Drive
    Mike N. (nahyunil) Level 6 Level 6 (8,265 points)
    If you run Windows, you need all the same Anti-Virus, Anti-Spyware, etc that anyone else running Windows would, but woud it make a difference if it were on an external drive?

    Word to the Wise
    Windows running on a Mac is like Windows running on a PC. That means it’ll be subject to the same attacks that plague the Windows world. So be sure to keep it updated with the latest Microsoft Windows security fixes.
  • 9. Re: Boot Camp on an External Drive
    Bob H. Level 4 Level 4 (2,095 points)
    Mike -- thanks for your input. I guess Windows is just a worrisome thing for us Mac guys. Part of what always gets me is unknown code that goes into Windows. I did a Google the other day to see if I could get a feel for the "roots" of the upcoming Vista.

    Who knows what Vista is really based on -- a modification of NT that was in part based on DOS and VMS? From my limited experience, I am not sure there is enough shelf space to hold the manuals to run VMS successfully. Of course, why worry; Boot Camp and other things will change before Vista gets here.

    The bottom line is that I will use all the Windows security fixes.

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  • 10. Re: Boot Camp on an External Drive
    Stanley Horwitz Level 4 Level 4 (2,700 points)
    Why? I installed Boot Camp the day it came out with Windows XP Pro and I have not had any problems other than the usual Windows stuff. In fact, I installed Parallels and I am using it too. I prefer Parallels more because it does not require a reboot and I do not need the faster speed that Boot Camp offers.
  • 11. Re: Boot Camp on an External Drive
    Bob H. Level 4 Level 4 (2,095 points)
    Stanley,,, Thank you. What I would really hope for in Leopard is the ability to switch on the fly between X and Windows -- there was some fake stuff out there on the internet previously that indicated this potential, but at this point, I doubt it's in the cards. I am happy the external drive install option is likely to be available.

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  • 12. Re: Boot Camp on an External Drive
    liquidmice Level 3 Level 3 (750 points)
    No doubt. Assuming a dual-boot Mac via Bootcamp, couldn't a WINDOWS virus attack the Master Boot Record on the disk therefore rendering BOTH XP and OSX unbootable?

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  • 13. Re: Boot Camp on an External Drive
    Stanley Horwitz Level 4 Level 4 (2,700 points)
    The capability to run Windows and Mac OS X (and Linux) is availble right now, but you need to have an Intel-based Mac. If you have the hardware, take a
    look at Parallels. See http://www.parallels.com for info.
  • 14. Re: Boot Camp on an External Drive
    liquidmice Level 3 Level 3 (750 points)
    I'm really interested in testing that Parallels Software out. I hear it screams compared to “Virtual PC” (which I used a few years back to run Win98 on a G4 Tibook.) Man, I sure did a lot of emulated re-boots with THAT setup. Of course the new Intel-based Macs don't have to translate the Little Endian/Big Endian byte order in emulating the Windoze OS. What do you think of the speed of XP emulated on you MacBook, Stanley?

    ~( ):>

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