Boot camp: Windows on internal drive - Boot OS X from USB?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by LastLine, Jan 24, 2007.

  1. LastLine macrumors 65816

    Aug 24, 2005
    Hey all,

    Now please, read before replying - as I know someone somewhere will assume I'm trying to install windows on a USB drive (I know that doesn't work :))

    I'm going to buy a Mac Mini, but I feel that Apple's Hard drive prices are excessive, so I want to put Windows on my main internal drive, and use a USB drive to boot OS X from - is this possible, and if so how would I go about it?
  2. 4nr- macrumors regular


    Oct 5, 2006
    Göteborg, Sweden
    If I understand you correctly, you want to install Windows as your primary OS, and have OS X installed on the side on an external HD.

    If that's the case, it's not possible. To be able to install Windows on a Mac, you need boot camp + Windows installed on your mac startup disk, sorry.
  3. Americanloti macrumors member

    Mar 2, 2006
    You can always buy a internal HD somewhere else at a lower price. Opening a Mac Mini might seem a complicate task, but it's not that hard actually. Plus it won't void the warranty.
  4. thebiggoose macrumors 6502


    Jun 17, 2006
  5. skippy911 macrumors regular

    Nov 1, 2006
    You can get windows installed on the internal mac mini drive and use the entire drive. Start up bootcamp, select the partition size, then start the windows installer, once windows gets to the point where it asks you to pick your partition you can remove the osx partitions and create one big windows partition. I believe that you need to keep the 200meg efi partition though. Google how to install vista on the mac or windows media center since they use the same route as I have described. Hope that helps.
  6. LastLine thread starter macrumors 65816

    Aug 24, 2005
    I don't really mind having OS X on the internal as it'll be my primary OS, I just want a somewhat bigger HDD than I can get inside a mini which is where the complication arrives. 160gb split between two Operating systems just doesn't go far. Does anyone have a working solution?

    On another note? How do you open up a MM?

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