advice - MacbookPro early '08, eSATA, external hard drive, boot camp & flight sim

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by VHOJT, May 25, 2009.

  1. VHOJT macrumors newbie

    May 25, 2009
    Hi there guys

    I must say I have stalked these forums for a little while now, and they have solved a couple of past problems of mine by finding them on Google.

    The questions I have is:

    I presently run Flight Simulator on my internal HD in my early '08 Macbook pro (the last of the "silver" models I believe, and of the dearest matt screen! Bought it in May 2008 anyway), and it goes very nicely. Flight Simulator is a continually expanding enterprise, however, and I would dearly like to be able to one day run it off an external hard drive I have bought a few months ago. The external hard drive is in a case that supports eSATA I am aware there are various cards around the place for eSATA for the Macbook Pro, my questions are, for anyone who knows:

    - do they work correctly under Bootcamp and Windows XP?
    - will the performance be the essentially identical to an internal hard-drive, such that I will be able to run a fairly demanding game from them without too much trouble?
    - are there any slow downs (i.e. the card itself, the port on the Macbook Pro etc.)
    - are some cards, cables etc. better than others?

    I believe the hard drive I bought is up to the task, it's just a matter of the connection the Macbook, especially under Windows.

    I have searched around - but this is a fairly specific question I suppose.

    Does anyone have any advice or experience?

    Thanks for any help you could offer!
  2. feuerschlange macrumors regular

    Oct 13, 2008
    I am very interested in this topic too.

    With my last hdd upgrade of my Penryn MBP, I forgot to test this.

    I will have some external testing with Firewire 800 later on and will post comments.

    Ideal would be, to have the entire bootcamp installation on the external drive, as I only use the bootcamp install for gaming at home.

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