MBA, Virtual Box and windows 7 on usb

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by fleeper, Mar 14, 2013.

  1. macrumors 6502

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    Is it possible to run windows 7 via usb stick and virtual box? I have seen tutorials about putting windows 7 on a memory stick and running it that way but it only works on another windows PC. Is there any way to run windows 7 on MBA this way? My MBA has the 64 gig SSD. I need windows for a very specific reason for work but I don't want to give up using my MBA for everything else.

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  2. simsaladimbamba

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    Yes, it is possible, as the VM can be stored almost anywhere you like. You will be just limited by the write/read speed of the USB flash memory thumb drive, as the cheap ones only offer 5 to 15 MB/s, the more expensive ones can saturate the USB 2.0 bus with its 37 MB/s.
     
  3. macrumors 6502a

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    If the OP's MBA is a 2012, the USB is 3.0. That's a significant speed increase over 2.0.
     
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    Good idea, aspecially when you have a 2012 Air. I hope it'll work! Would be great and save you a lot of space.
     
  5. dkl
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    I'm certain it does - coz I'm using it on my 2011 11" MBA! Just a tad bit slow on my Sandisk Cruzer Fit though.
     
  6. macrumors 6502

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    Isn't a UHS-1 SD Card an option for you?
     
  7. dkl
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    The 11" MBA does NOT come with an SD card reader...
     
  8. macrumors 6502

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    Oh ofcourse, slipped my mind, sorry!
     

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