Booting from USB-SATA HD adapter

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Carmageddon, Sep 26, 2010.

  1. Carmageddon macrumors newbie

    Mar 1, 2010
    This is just a theory, I haven't spent the money yet so maybe you guys can tell me if this is possible:

    I have a SATA internal hard-drive from a older HP Media Center Pentium 4 machine. It's a 500BG drive with XP and every driver for all the extra video-cards, wireless adapters, and what-ever other stuff was installed. The motherboard on that machine is junk so I am parting it out. I want to use this hard-drive to dual-boot my Macbook.

    I was thinking of buying a USB-SATA adapter (with power-source) and use this old hard drive to boot Windowz XP on my Macbook.

    First, is this possible? This is the first time messing around with dual boot (let alone buying a sata adapter).

    Second, will all of the drivers/software and junk on this hard-drive make it nearly impossible for windows to function on my Mac?

    Thanks for any input, it's much appreciated.
  2. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    Windows doesn't boot from USB/external drives without modification. See the MR Guide stickied to the top of the forum.

    A better bet might be to use VMWare Converter or the equivalent for Parallels to convert it to a VM which you can use on your Mac.


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