Can't boot from firewire, install windows

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by binaryslyder, Aug 22, 2008.

  1. binaryslyder macrumors newbie

    Nov 17, 2007
    My goal is to get a working windows OS so I can get back into counterstrike (It's the one thing I've missed since switching to mac).

    I installed windows on my brother's MBP without too much of an issue. All I did was put the MBP in target disk mode, and used my macbook's disk utilities to handle the partitioning and formatting.

    I'd like to try something similar with mine, except I don't have room to spare on my internal hard drive. I had heard/read that its possible to boot to windows on an external firewire drive, so I figured I'd go that route.

    The only problem, my drive doesn't show up when I hold down option. I've tried everything I did with my brother's MBP: MS-DOS(fat) with Master Boot File Partition map (I even tried GUID) but the darn thing won't show up.

    It's a Maxtor one touch 200gb drive, and I'm using a 13inch MB with Leopard.

    This brings me to my question:

    What can I do to make this drive show up (I should be able to install windows from there) or

    Is there another way to install and boot to this external drive?

    Many Thanks.
  2. Neil321 macrumors 68040


    Nov 6, 2007
    Britain, Avatar Created By Bartelby
    Don't think installing windows on a external drive and be able to boot from it is possible due its BIOS

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