HELP on hardrives...

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by iamjustin, Aug 16, 2007.

  1. iamjustin macrumors member

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  2. squeeks macrumors 68040

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    good luck with that

    i never got windows to let me install it on an external...it dosent like it, something about how when its booting it shuts down external drives to load drivers or something like that..im not really sure but thats what i read, i got errors during install saying it couldnt communicate with the device, even though it detected it
     
  3. iamjustin thread starter macrumors member

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    well u probably just saved me 2 hours of time wasted haha. but thats really lame. but out of those two which is the better hard drive?
     
  4. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Is there some reason you need it to be mobile and.or USB powered?

    Myself I would stay away from USB only drives and drives with 1 year warranties. Instead I would get a Firewire or Firewire/USB enclosure like a MacAlly PHR- series, and install the OEM hard drive of my choice. That will get you a 3 year (Western Digital) or 5 year (Seagate) warranty on the mechanism.. If you choose a desktop sized (3.5") drive and enclosure, you will also have a faster and more reliable mechanism.
     
  5. CaptainCanuck macrumors member

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    Depends on what you need it for. If you need portability, go for the one at FutureShop. If the HD is staying at home, go for the one from Staples.

    Both LaCie and the WD MyBook Series tend to be reliable HDs. Of course, the MyBook may be slightly more reliable since it is a 3.5" Drive as opposed to the 2.5" Lacie Drive.

    Edit: Yeah, what CanadaRAM said. Yeah, yeah...That's the ticket. ;-)
     
  6. iamjustin thread starter macrumors member

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    but why wouldnt taht work installing windows xp on the external drive? if it had something to do with the drivers couldnt u backup ur whole osx on that external drive then install windows just to make sure all the drivers are on the same physical drive
     
  7. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    BootCamp setup guide
    "Boot Camp Assistant creates a partition for Windows on your computer’s startup or other internal disk."

    If you're planning to use Bootcamp, it does not support Windows on an external drive.

    I don't know if Parallels has the same restriction. Check the docs.
     
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  9. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    How many Windows machines support booting from an external USB or FW drive?
     

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