Installing XP on External FireWire Drive

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by AgentUtah, Feb 26, 2007.

  1. AgentUtah macrumors newbie

    Feb 26, 2007
    I've noticed that some of you have sucessfully done this install.
    I can't get past the point when the Windows installer sees the drive that I've
    formatted FAT32 with the proper size and it sees it at C:
    But upon executing the install I get this message:

    Windows XP Professional Setup

    Your computer's startup program cannot gain access to the disk
    containing the partition or free space you chose. Setup cannot
    install Windows XP on this hard disk.

    This lack of access does not necessarily indicate an error condition.
    For example, disks attached to a SCSI adapter that wasn't installed
    by your computer manufacturer or to a secondary hard disk controller,
    are typically not visible to the startup program unless special software
    is used. Contact your computer or hard disk controller manufacture
    for more information.

    On x86-based computers, this message may indicate a problem with the
    CMOS drive type settings, See your disk controller documentation for
    more information.

    I have also tried it using a USB connection, but the results are the same.

    Any tips?
  2. bearbo macrumors 68000


    Jul 20, 2006
    you cannot install windows on firewire drive, as XP doesn't load the driver for firewire til windows loads

    USB should work
  3. AgentUtah thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 26, 2007
    Formatted with Disk Utility via both connections and got the same message.
    Is there a problem using Disk Utility to do this?
    Also the drive is 60Gb, I've read that FAT32 only formats to 32Gb, but Disk Utility
    formats the drive with 55Gb. This a prob?

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