External HDD with Vista

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by swish692, Jan 25, 2009.

  1. swish692 macrumors newbie

    Jun 8, 2008
    Hi everyone,

    I've just ordered a 160GB WD My Passport Essential external hard drive, in order to install any new games onto that instead of my boot camp partition (which is running low). After thinking about this more, I would like to load everything onto the new external HDD, including Vista's system files, my documents and media etc.

    I'm planning to format the dirve under NTFS, then mount it into the C: root directory and then copy and paste all my existing C: folders and files into this new HDD directory.

    My question is about the registry. Although this would work in theory, moving pre-installed folders around could prove to be a disaster if the registry has written where system files and folders should be set.

    I am really desparate for an answer on this before curiosity gets the better of me, and I go ahead and do it anyway. If my only last resort option is to have to load a fresh install, is there a way to load Vista and all it's files directly onto the external Hard drive?

    Thanks in advance,
  2. telecomm macrumors 65816


    Nov 30, 2003
    Apparently it's really difficult to get Vista to boot from an external drive (it's not officially supported). The typical workaround involves removing your internal drive as a step...

    I've got my games running off my external (that's no problem), with a pretty minimal bootcamp install on my internal drive. You're probably best off to leave it that way too.
  3. aki macrumors 6502a

    Mar 2, 2004
    yes bootcamp from external is a mess and not worth trouble unless its your hobby...

    much better to have minimal os and external for software

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