external harddrive for mbp

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  1. bmc1818 macrumors member

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    I want to put together an external hard drive for my mac book pro. If I do can I install bootcamp and windows on it and not have any windows software on my mbp? I want to be able to run windows off of it and also use it to hold videos is this possible? Should i use fw or usb?
     
  2. Reflow macrumors 68000

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  3. thebiggoose macrumors 6502

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    Firewire is probably better...it;s much faster although there might be some complications running windows off of it. Here's the steps to set up the external for all of this.

    1. Assemble External
    2. Hook up to Mac.
    3. If it works, partition into 2 partitions; one bing NTFS for Windows and the other being HFS+ for your videos.
    4. Install all firmware updates.
    5. Download and run the latest BootCamp Assistant.
    6. Follow all of the Bootcamp Assistant's instructions.
    7. When you are supposed to insert your windows instillation cd...instead of choosing the harddrive on your mac to install to...choose the partition on your external.
    8. Bob's your uncle!

    I'VE ALWAYS WNATED TO SAY THAT!!!!
     
  4. SFVCyclone macrumors 6502a

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    OR you could also get a fire 800 drive, and it'll be way faster, I wonder if it can boot from a ethernet attached drive
     
  5. Cloudgazer macrumors 6502

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    This is the 21st century.

    More than likely Bob's your auntie.

    :D
     
  6. reflex macrumors 6502a

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    I don't think it's possible to run Windows off an external drive. I could be wrong though.
     

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