MBA with external hard drive

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Darknoob, Aug 23, 2013.

  1. Darknoob macrumors newbie

    Feb 27, 2013
    Hey guys,
    I got new MBA with 128gb because I hadnt enough money for 256gb.
    I would like in the future to install windows 8.
    Is it possible to install it in external hard drive and connect it to the MBA whenever I need ?

  2. Macforcollege macrumors member

    Jul 7, 2013
    Yes that should work fine. Make sure to get external HDD with usb 3.0, it is way faster than usb 2.0
  3. Darknoob, Aug 24, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2013

    Darknoob thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 27, 2013
    MBA with external hard drive

    Usb 3 and HDD will be fast enough? Or to get SSD or thunderbolt hdd?

    Also, do I need the external drive to be formatted to work with mac and windows?

  4. squeeks macrumors 68040


    Jun 19, 2007
    No. Windows will not run on an external hard drive, during windows start up it cycles the USB ports and will crash. (Correct me if I am wrong but thats how it used to be.)

    But honestly, for the price of an external drive you could save up a bit of money, sell the 128gb ssd and get a 256.

    Or you could try this:
  5. Darknoob thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 27, 2013
    Hey squeets,
    Its not possible becuase I returned from USA a week ago.

    Will it be possible with Thunderbolt hdd?
  6. ZBoater macrumors G3


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    Maybe, but if you didn't have money to buy the bigger SSD, i doubt you will have it for an external Thunderbolt HD. They are expensive.

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