Installing windows on an external hard drive

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Derkatwork, Feb 6, 2014.

  1. Derkatwork macrumors 6502

    Derkatwork

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    I purchased a computer that comes with OS X, and I can't run boot camp according to the seller. He said that I can however install windows by disconnecting the hard drive it came with and use a SATA compatible drive to install windows on that. From there reconnect the first drive and it should boot to either OS at launch. I'm a little unsure on this, but learning sometimes means stepping outside the box. Is there any guidance on this somewhere? And more importantly, I was going to use an old hard drive from a 2009 MacBook Pro as the windows drive after erasing it. How can I tell if it is SATA compatible?
     
  2. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

    heisenberg123

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    what did you purchase? what MAC model?
     
  3. Derkatwork thread starter macrumors 6502

    Derkatwork

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    It's a late 2009 MacBook Pro 13 in. That is the hard drive that I am curious about. Is there a good way to tell if it is SATA compatible? The newer computer I bought is not an official mac product. The drive I am hoping to install windows on is the old laptop drive after erasing it.
     
  4. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

    heisenberg123

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    it should have a SATA II drive in it to confirm take the bottom off the MBP and the label on the hard drive should be visible, it should say on it
     

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