Dual boot on external HD

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by prober, Sep 6, 2006.

  1. prober macrumors newbie

    Sep 5, 2006
    I have an external 250GB Firewire hard disk with two partitions. Both are HFS+ formatted, now I have zeroed the smaller partition (60GB) and want to make it into a FAT32 format for windows XP installation. However, I would like to keep all the files in the larger partition unaffected during the process, the larger portion is an OS X startup drive. Is that possible? How should one go about this?

    Disk Utility does not allow formatting in the MSDOS format for a partitioned hard disk.

    My setup is a 17" Macbook Pro with 100GB of storage but I don't want to take up its precious HD space with windows XP. Thanks.
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    I don't think that Boot Camp allows you to boot off external drives at present.

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