Installing Windows on External HDD

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by rheb1026, Dec 21, 2011.

  1. rheb1026 macrumors member

    Jun 19, 2011
    I've read through a few posts that say Bootcamp cannot install on an external drive, which I have tried doing and indeed it doesn't work.

    I recently replaced my original HDD with an SSD, so space is kind of limited for bootcamp on the SSD.

    If I put the original HDD back in the computer, partition and install bootcamp on the HDD, swap the SSD back in, and then put the HDD in an external enclosure will I be able to boot into Windows? Has anybody tried this?
  2. bcburrows macrumors 6502


    Mar 25, 2009
    Fairly certain that is a no go as well - I tried it once, a while ago now and it didn't work. I am not sure if the situation would change if it were a firewire hard drive?

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