Boot Windows 7 via Firewire 800/eSATA

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Troy2000, Jan 1, 2012.

  1. Troy2000 macrumors regular

    Troy2000

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    I have encountered another thread from early last year which partially dealt with this matter, however nothing conclusive was presented.

    My current situation is that I will be away for the rest of the year from next week onwards and will not have access to a workstation, thus needing to rely on my 2011 MacBook Pro. As the SSD is insufficient to accomodate both OS X, Windows 7 and all of the files I must bring, I plan to acquire this drive and use it to boot Windows 7 either via Firewire 800 or eSATA (ExpressCard).

    I doubt that an ExpressCard adapter capable of booting Windows 7 exists, so that may only leave Firewire 800. Firewire will bottleneck the performance of this drive by about 25MB/s, however I deem it an acceptable loss. The problem is that I have no concrete instance of someone who was able to boot Windows 7 in this manner.

    My apologies for the long post, however it was my intention to ensure that no important information was left out. I would be very grateful if somebody could provide some insight.

    -El Psy Congroo
     
  2. blueroom macrumors 603

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    Windows will only boot / install from the primary drive. OS X will install on just about anything.
     
  3. Troy2000 thread starter macrumors regular

    Troy2000

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    I realize that Windows 7 will not allow installation to an external drive, however what would happen were I to clone a specifically pre-installed Windows 7 partition from a SATA HDD on my Mac Pro to an external drive?

    Is there any possibility that it would boot on the MacBook Pro?
     
  4. blueroom macrumors 603

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    Probably not, the HAL layer wouldn't be a match.
     
  5. Troy2000 thread starter macrumors regular

    Troy2000

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    The Plop boot manager would allow me to boot from a USB drive, but that's an immense loss of bandwidth.

    It seems I'll have to strip down my installation DVD, install to a 5GB partition on the SSD and symlink everything not vital for booting to the Firewire drive. T_T

    *GrumbleGrumble**

    Thank you for your time in any case. :3
     

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