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LordVic
Sep 22, 2011, 03:23 PM
Is it possible to dual boot OSx on the SSD, and Windows on an external USB attached drive?

I don't really want to install Windows on the SSD cause of space, But work applications require windows on occasion.

My old netbook has an 120gb 2.5" drive that i'm going to make into an external, and I'd like to boot windows off that. Is this possible with bootcamp? or other hacks / tricks?

or am I basically out of luck



GekkePrutser
Sep 22, 2011, 05:13 PM
Edit: I just remembered that Macs can't boot from an MBR partition over USB, so how I got Windows XP to boot on a PC over USB is not relevant.

If it's just for work applications I think VMWare or Parallels might be the best option, and you can run VMs from USB with no issue.

Xgm541
Sep 23, 2011, 10:00 PM
rEFIt will work

jsolares
Sep 23, 2011, 11:01 PM
Windows doesn't boot from USB without modifications in the registry and drivers since the USB drivers are loaded later in the boot sequence than the SATA ones, not sure if it has changed with 7 tho.

LordVic
Oct 4, 2011, 08:47 AM
Ok,

How about Linux? suse or ubuntu? There are a couple work programs we don't have available for Mac, so i was thinking of using WINE to get them working, since windows is probably out of the question
(can't get it to boot from USB stick at all)

emailsfh
Oct 4, 2011, 04:19 PM
Ok,

How about Linux? suse or ubuntu? There are a couple work programs we don't have available for Mac, so i was thinking of using WINE to get them working, since windows is probably out of the question
(can't get it to boot from USB stick at all)

Why don't you use VMware Fusion or Parallels?

Airforcekid
Oct 4, 2011, 06:37 PM
Ok,

How about Linux? suse or ubuntu? There are a couple work programs we don't have available for Mac, so i was thinking of using WINE to get them working, since windows is probably out of the question
(can't get it to boot from USB stick at all)

Wine works for Mac osx. For free use virtualbox install windows to external drive.

JHUFrank
Oct 5, 2011, 02:59 AM
I understand that you want to try to save space, but I also think VMware Fusion is worth a look. Its an amazing product, and I have been able to be very strict on what's in my 2 VMs to keep their total size down to about 20-25 gigs.