bootcamp and external HDD question

mayoko185

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Jun 15, 2007
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On my MBP I wanna install windows xp to play games (and maybe vista when im able to afford it :rolleyes:). I have a external 500GB firewire drive that I have currently all formatted to hfs+ and I have about 200GB of it used. I dont think I can use disk utilities app to re partition some of the free space to use for windows without erasing the whole drive (not a option! lol).

So my question is there a way to make windows read/write to a hfs+ volume? Because what I want to do is have my bootcamp partition like the min 5GB and install all my windows apps/files on the external (as ill only be going into it for games after all not my main OS).
 

M@lew

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You're going to have to partition the HD you plan on installing Boot Camp on. I'm not sure about externals, but on my HD when I partitioned it for Boot Camp it didn't erase anything. Also, for games XP is pretty much the way to go for now. Don't worry about Vista.
 

DoFoT9

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vista dont let you install on external drives. it has to be an internal formatted as NTFS. boy do they like to have control.
 

mayoko185

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lemme clarify, Im going to install winxp on my internal disk (id install vista but I dont own a copy). What I want to know is there a way to make windows read+write to my external drive that is formatted to hfs+. I did a few google searchs and all I could find was a driver for ext2 for windows not hfs...
 

DoFoT9

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yup macdrive.

there is also a free program, i cant remember the name tho!!! its in a thread here somehwere tho