An idea for XP or Vista on an External Harddrive

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by LordMandos, Oct 12, 2009.

  1. LordMandos macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2009
    Here's my thought, and I'm sorry if someone else has posted this, I didn't take the time to search this site.

    Would this work:
    Install XP or Vista on to your mac (in my case, a macbook);
    Partition your external hard drive into two partitions (mine being 1TB);
    One partition is set up for Mac, one is for PC.

    If i booted in xp or vista, would i have access to the partitioned external hard drive?

    Thanks for your help
  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    Yes, or just install MacDrive for Windows so it can access HFS+.
  3. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    Or partition the external drive as a FAT32 drive, so both OS's can read and write it.

    N.B.: If you do this, OS X will write more slowly as they haven't optimized their FAT32 drivers.

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