Boot Windows 7 via Firewire 800/eSATA

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
 

Troy2000

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Oct 21, 2009
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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?
 

Troy2000

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Oct 21, 2009
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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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