3790 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Feb 27, 2011 2:40 PM by firman
When I first start Parallels, I need to create/install Windows installation on External SSD drive. Whenever I want to use Windows, I need to connect External SSD and then start it from Parallels control panel.
Am I right? Among USB and FireWire, Which port is useful in MacBook Pro for this purpose?
I didn''t receive the new MacBook Pro at (currently it's prepared for shipment.) I will give a try when I receive it.
Thank you for your quick reply.
Your startup work flow sounds about right.
Firewire is much faster that USB.
Also as you have the new 2011 Macbook Pro, you could use the new Thunderbolt port and get a new HDD with the same connectors. This gives 10gbps speed, but you will need to wait a few weeks at least for that type of disk to hit the market.
If you have a choice use VM Ware Fusion as Parallels support is very bad and the Fusion product is much better.
You could also investigate replacing your Superdrive (DVD) with a caddy and large 2.5" HDD.
See this thread for more details (http://discussions.apple.com/message.jspa?messageID=13141473#13141473)
However I can't wait until Thunderbolt supported devices available in market. Can you suggest me any portable external hard drive (need not to be SSD) which uses FireWire 800?
I've good opinion on WDC (http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Passport-FireWire-Portable/dp/B00378KLYM).
Any further suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
This is an excellent drive. G-Tech is used by many video professionals.
Its quite small, light as fast. I clone my entire internal HD to it (using carbon copy cloner) which makes it bootable. I have run my mac from this external drive and only a very slight delay is sometimes noticeable. It is also bus powered (requires 2 USB ports), so no external power supply.
I also use Lacie drives, so you could try these.
You might also want to consider a super fast USB stick. I think kingston have released some very quick ones recently up to 64Gb in size.