Installing windows from OS X on an external?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by watchmen, Feb 18, 2009.

  1. watchmen macrumors newbie

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    Hello,
    My laptop has a broken optical drive, and I recently had my laptop harddrive died. I plan on getting a new drive today or tomorrow. I plan on partitioning the drive and install OS X on it. I am wondering if I can install XP if I boot up from the harddrive while it's in an external enclosure on another mac and install windows XP like that. I know this is a round about way, but will it work? Finding an external optical would be easier, but I don't have the spare money right now to buy one.


    Thank you for your help.
     
  2. twoodcc macrumors P6

    twoodcc

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    so you want to boot from your hard drive on another mac, and then install windows on that same hard drive?

    i don't think it will work. windows does not like to work on external hard drives. but you can always give it a try
     
  3. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

    DoFoT9

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    XP sometimes lets you install on an external drive, how will it be conencted to the computer? try to connect it via FireWire, USB isnt supported i dont think..
     

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