3 Replies Latest reply: Nov 21, 2006 5:24 AM by Roger Mercier
TheGrayMusk Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
Is it possible to use bootcamp and run windows on an external hardrive rather than the built in one with out sacrificing speed. Im looking to get a hard drive for all my windows stuff and I was hoping to be able to run windows straight from it but I understand that alot of them dont run fast enough to support running an operating system. Any suggestions as to a hard drive to look at getting. I'd be looking at something about 100 gigs. The most important thing would be running Vista or xp. Any suggestions? Thanks - Peter

Macbook Pro 17', Mac OS X (10.4.7)
  • kirreip Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)
    look here: http://forum.onmac.net/showthread.php?t=1015

    the onmac forum is a good place to have a look when it comes to bootcamp.

    as for your HD speed question, I don't really now. Maybe you'll have to ask this question in the forum to somebody who actually tried it.
  • hsaybasili Level 2 Level 2 (315 points)
    Unfortunately, current bootcamp release does not support external disk. You can not install XP to external disk. I also tried installing linux to my external disk, thinking that this will be different than installing windows, but no hope, it doesn't work.



    Is it possible to use bootcamp and run windows on an
    external hardrive rather than the built in one with
    out sacrificing speed. Im looking to get a hard
    drive for all my windows stuff and I was hoping to be
    able to run windows straight from it but I understand
    that alot of them dont run fast enough to support
    running an operating system. Any suggestions as to a
    hard drive to look at getting. I'd be looking at
    something about 100 gigs. The most important thing
    would be running Vista or xp. Any suggestions?
    Thanks - Peter
  • Roger Mercier Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    I belive there might be a way, I just haven't gotten around to trying this out.

    1) use disk utility to partition the external drive to ntfs (i think)

    2) attach this disk to a pc and install the OS

    3) install refit onto your mac

    4) attach the drive via fw800, or even better yet esata, to you mac.

    5) Start up your mac

    6) choose the win xp option from the boot menu

    7) install bootcamp drivers

    this seems, in theory, that it should work. but this would probably be an easier solution:

    1) use disk utility to partition the external drive to ntfs (i think)

    2) install XP onto your internal drive via boot camp.

    3) create a disk image of XP

    4) drop the files from the image onto your external drive

    5) install refit onto your mac

    6) attach the drive via fw800, or even better yet esata, to you mac.

    7) Start up your mac

    8) choose the win xp option from the boot menu for the external drive

    9) once you have determined that this works, you can delete the xp partition from your internal drive and you will have all the space of your external drive for XP

    I would def think about getting an esata drive and the express card for this solution though.

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other%20World%20Computing/MEAQ7320GB16/

    http://refit.sourceforge.net/