iMac / Bootcamp / External hard Drive

Discussion in 'iMac' started by ^squirrel^, Sep 7, 2006.

  1. ^squirrel^ macrumors 6502a

    ^squirrel^

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    Hi all,

    Im in the process of either buying a 24" iMac or Macpro. Still not 100% but i've got a question on the iMac side of things.

    I would like to keep OSX and XP on different drives, if i buy an external SATA caddy and use one of my space drives, how will XP perform? I will be gaming in XP so it will need to run pretty well. Has anyone got XP install on a USB ext drive?

    Many thanks

    Darren
     
  2. ^squirrel^ thread starter macrumors 6502a

    ^squirrel^

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    hate doing this.... *bump*

    or should i just stick to the internal drive for XP?
     
  3. mrgreen4242 macrumors 601

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    I'm not 100% sure about this, I don't have an Intel Mac yet... BUT, I think that with BootCamp you HAVE to have both your OS X and Windows partition on the same 'master' drive.

    I think. I'm not positive, but I swear I read that somewhere. So, you'd be in the same boat for either system...

    Someone please correct me if I am wrong...
     
  4. ^squirrel^ thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    With the new firmware, you can install to a drive thats not the primary.
     
  5. mrgreen4242 macrumors 601

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    AH, I was unaware of that. The other thing to consider is the poor SATA in XP with the MacPro, unless that's been fixes already.
     
  6. bearbo macrumors 68000

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    with some hack and such, you can get windows run off external with USB, i dont know if firewire method has been confirmed...

    but i wouldn't play game on it... i have a seagate external that i run another version of OS X off, but the hdd keeps on going to sleep after a bit of inactivity (i know, you won't be inactive while gaming, but still... (or perhpas there's a simple fix for that, that i dont know, if so, pray tell), and also, the external running operating system isn't as fast as internal, from what i experienced.
     

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