MBA with external hard drive

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

  1. Darknoob macrumors newbie

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    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 ?

    Thanks
     
  2. Macforcollege macrumors member

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    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

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    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?

    Thanks
     
  4. squeeks macrumors 68040

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    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:
    http://tweaks.com/windows/52279/how-to-create-a-windows-to-go-usb-drive/
     
  5. Darknoob thread starter macrumors newbie

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

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

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    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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