dual boot with external drive

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mr joker777, Mar 2, 2012.

  1. mr joker777 macrumors newbie

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    Hello,

    I am new to the mac world and haven't used a mac since i was a wee lad in school with the Apple II.

    Anyways I have a fairly expensive $500 program that only runs on windows and uses a usb security dongle. I have been unsuccessful using crossover to run the program. I do however have a hdd from a HP G60 laptop that died. The hdd is still fully intact and i have all my data still on it. I have backed up most of the data but was wondering if there was an easy way to boot from the external drive just to run my program. I currently have a 2011 15" MacBook Pro with 500gb drive. I do not have my windows 7 install disc as it did not come with my HP laptop and don't have the disposable income to purchase a copy of it. I would like to keep all my data intact on the hdd if possible.

    Thanks
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    No, as Windows 7 is not bootable from an external HDD, though maybe there exists some hack.
     
  3. mr joker777 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    :(

    Is it possible to create a separate partition on my MBP and then copy my other hdd over to that partition to run windows 7. Or would i have to install windows 7 then install the needed programs/files to my MBP while running windows
     
  4. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    The second option would be your best bet.
     
  5. simsaladimbamba

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    Sadly you can't copy your existing Windows install to a Boot Camp partition. You need to install Windows and then all the applications.
     

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