Install Apps to External HDD?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by SSpiro, Apr 1, 2007.

  1. SSpiro macrumors 6502a

    SSpiro

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    If I have a HDD hooked up via FW, can I install apps to it, knowing that they won't be available when the HDD is not hooked up?

    I.e. I want to install my copy of Final Cut Pro suite to an external HDD that will be used just for video editing, which obviously uses a lot of space (FCP takes up 60gb just on its own, if I remember correctly). And when I'm not editing, I'll remove the HDD...

    Thoughts?
     
  2. WillJS macrumors 65816

    WillJS

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    Yes, when you are installing select the drive you want to install it to (the external).. obviously you can only run the program when it's hooked up. :)
     
  3. Multimedia macrumors 603

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    Yes, But . . .

    While you certainly can do it that way, then that should not be the drive you capture video to. In that case you will want a third drive to capture to. As a rule, you should only capture video to a drive that has neither the system nor the application on it. The reason is because you don't want to tax the capturing drive's mechanism with double duty - both writing video files and reading the system and/or application files.

    Why don't you want to install FCS on your System startup drive? That would be best.
     
  4. SSpiro thread starter macrumors 6502a

    SSpiro

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    I didn't really think of that...

    Well, I'll just install FCS to the main drive, and then use the external for the video capture..
     

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