External HDD to boot Windows from and play Games.

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by lyzrd, Nov 8, 2007.

  1. lyzrd macrumors newbie

    Nov 1, 2007
    Hey guys,

    I'm gonna buy myself a MacBook Pro as soon as they are rev'ed. (Well only if I like what I see, but nevermind ^^) and along with it, I wanted to buy an external hard drive. I wanted to connect it via FW800. So my question is, is it possible to boot Windows (maybe Vista) from it. Well I know it is possible, would I feel a difference, compared to a internal one?

    Is it possible to play games from it? (like Half-Life 2, UT, crysis).

    Can you recommend anything to me? What are your experiences?

    Thank you so much in advance,

  2. hammondc macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2007
    Rock Hill, SC
    No, this is not possible. You have to boot from the native drive.
  3. SkydiveGuy macrumors regular

    Oct 31, 2007
    Plus, an external HDD is going to be SLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWW to run off of.
  4. wakerider017 macrumors 68000


    Sep 20, 2006
    US of A
    Not really. Firewire 400, 800 and eSATA run OS X Very fast!
  5. kkat69 macrumors 68020


    Aug 30, 2007
    Atlanta, Ga
    Think MAN THINK! That's OSX it can run off a thumb drive and still be pretty fast. We're talking Windows here.

    From USB/Firewire is not possible to boot windows externally. The only possible way is via eSATA drive mounted externally WHICH we don't have that option (that I know of) on a MBP. So basically short answer already posted above.
  6. Finlandboy macrumors 6502


    Oct 14, 2007
    Indianapolis, IN
    actually it is possible to boot windows on a external drive (whether it was usb or firewall, i have no clue)

    but you have to have a special windows install disk, i saw this on a website about 6 months ago, it was very interesting, i wish i remembered the site :(, but googling will probably find answers to questions

    and as to the speed i don't know, but if i had to guess i'd say it won't be as fast as in internal drive
  7. lancestraz macrumors 6502a


    Nov 27, 2005
    An external FW800 HDD is faster than a MBPs internal 5400 RPM HDD.
    I'm not sure how an internal 7200 RPM HDD would do, since I don't have one.

    You can do that with an express card.
  8. wakerider017 macrumors 68000


    Sep 20, 2006
    US of A
    I was thinking MAN!

    The guy said it is slow to boot to a external drive... Well if you can't boot to windows (With out doing a lot of "hacking") then obviously he was talking about booting to OS X.

    My reply was... It is not slow to boot to OS X from an external drive.
  9. lyzrd thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 1, 2007
    Thank you so much for your answers, guys.

    Someone said I could do it via eSATA, but the MBP doesn't have a eSATA port yet, but after some googling: this is what I found:

    "Sonnet's Tempo™ SATA Express 34"

    Would it be possible to boot windows on a external HDD connected via this eSATA Adapter?

    Anybody has done something like this before?

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