External hard drive

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by theonlyone, Aug 18, 2006.

  1. theonlyone macrumors newbie

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    I just wonder if it's possible to add an external hard drive to the macbook with a firewire-cable and then get it to work in boot camp??

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  2. gauchogolfer macrumors 603

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    It's my understanding that XP wants to be only on the primary hard drive, so booting from an external will be difficult, if not impossible. You *could* install OS X on the external, and XP on the internal, but why would you want to do something stupid like that :rolleyes: ?
     
  3. theonlyone thread starter macrumors newbie

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    OS X is the primary on the internal, but i want to store my windows files on the external drive..
     
  4. gauchogolfer macrumors 603

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    So you have both XP and OS X on the internal, and would like to store data on the external? I think this is straightforward. Can't XP see the external drive when plugged in using FW?
     
  5. theonlyone thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That's right. But XP don't see the external when it's plugged in using FW
     
  6. gauchogolfer macrumors 603

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    How is the drive formatted? If it's formatted NTFS (typical for Mac OS) then Windows can't see it. FAT32-formatted drives can be seen by both. There is more information on this on the web, I'll look for a link (try macosxhints.com).
     
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