9 Replies Latest reply: Jul 5, 2010 4:54 PM by Mac81
Mac81 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I plan to install Win 7 on bootcamp on an external 500 GB drive with OS 10.6 (after making a disk image of the drive, which has an old copy of my system).

How much space should I choose when setting up boot camp? I plan to just have bootcamp/Win 7 on that OS 10.6 drive, and otherwise not use it for mac stuff.

In Win 7, I plan to install several large Adobe programs (Framemaker, CS3).

I have another separate drive that serves as my backup for my iMac.

Thanks.

best,
Mac

iMac 2GHz 2 Intel Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (60,880 points)
    You can't install or boot Windows from an external.

    Works fine for Mac OS.

    You can leave whatever you want, or none, for OS X but to make it small and easy, clone OS X to an external volume or disk image and then format (erase) and restore Mac OS. Then make Windows to any size.
  • Mac81 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    This would be an external that would be the iMac's start-up disk, whenever I needed to use Windows.
  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (60,880 points)
    .... You can't run install or boot Windows off any type of external hard drive from a Mac.
  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (60,880 points)
    You don't need Mac OS, and it would be easier to dedicate 100% to Windows --- on your internal hard drive.

    There shouldn't be any need to concern with how much space to leave unallocated.

    ".... whenever I needed to use Windows."

    "I plan to install Win 7 on bootcamp on an external 500 GB drive with OS 10.6

    "How much space should I choose when setting up boot camp?
    "I plan to just have bootcamp/Win 7 on that OS 10.6 drive, and otherwise not use it for mac stuff."

    The "on boot camp" translates as the way Mac users tend to think of installing Windows to run natively.

    You don't "install Snow Leopard on Disk Utility"; Boot Camp (Assistant) is merely a way to allow and add MBR to the Apple GUID initialization.

    If you just use Windows, you can dispense with GUID (GPT) entirely and with it Boot Camp or Boot Camp Assistant.

    Once Windows 7 is installed you of course need the motherboard chipset drivers just like normal to enable various components.
  • Mac81 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I am a mac user. I have an iMac. I cannot dedicate 100 percent to Windows (nor would I ever want to).

    I cannot make out what your other comments are.

    But I appreciate that you responded.

    Thanks.
  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (60,880 points)
    Rule of thumb for HFS+: never let the system volume get to less than 20% or 40GB free (more is better).

    The smaller Windows is, the slower the region of the tracks on the platter.

    Your comments left me with the impression you wanted primarily to run Windows, and NOT Mac OS.

    I plan to just have bootcamp/Win 7 on that OS 10.6 drive, and *otherwise not use it* for mac stuff.
  • Mac81 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    This apple site here seems to say that you can install Win on bootcamp on a remote drive with OS X on it:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3777

    Paul
  • BobTheFisherman Level 6 Level 6 (11,675 points)
    Mac81 wrote:
    This apple site here seems to say that you can install Win on bootcamp on a remote drive with OS X on it:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3777

    Paul


    Here is quote from the document you linked to:

    "I have more than one hard drive, can I install Microsoft Windows on any drive?

    You can use Boot Camp to install Windows on any internal hard drive, but not on an external hard drive."
  • Mac81 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    You are right.

    When you click on Installation and Partitioning Questions, that question and answer set does appear.

    Thank you.