Bootcamp from an external drive?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by GrantMeThePower, May 24, 2011.

  1. GrantMeThePower macrumors regular

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    Is it possible to install Win 7 on an external drive for bootcamp, or does it have to be on the same drive as your OSX install?
     
  2. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Microsoft makes it very difficult to install windows on external drives. Just install on internal.
     
  3. archer75 macrumors 65816

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    The external would be way too slow. Since their are no thunderbolt drives yet and the imac doesn't have an esata port you'll have to use USB or firewire and it's just too slow for an OS.
     
  4. LimeiBook86 macrumors 604

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    Yeah it's really not easy to do. I remember seeing it done once on a PC years ago. But I've never got it to work. So it's best to use the internal hard drive. It would be faster anyway. If you're cramped for space on the internal drive just give Windows a small partition and use external drives to hold data and programs if needed.
     
  5. GrantMeThePower thread starter macrumors regular

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    Understood, thanks guys, that gives me the answer.
     

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