Possible to move Bootcamp partition to external drive?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by ndriver182, Jan 4, 2010.

  1. ndriver182 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 26, 2007
    I currently have XP installed on a Bootcamp partition on my main iMac hard drive. I've got a new external USB 2.0 SATA hard drive enclosure on the way that I plan to install a couple of spare SATA drives into. I was wondering about somehow moving my current Bootcamp partition off the main iMac drive and onto the spare WD Raptor drive that I've got without having to reinstall everything all over again.

    My second question would be - if I am able to switch the Bootcamp partition location, would the USB 2.0 transfer speed be fast enough for when I run windows? I typically use Windows for gaming only and very little else.

  2. HBOC macrumors 68020

    Oct 14, 2008
    I am in the process of installing Win7 on my MBP, and I was going to put Win7 on my firewire external. I found out that you cannot install an OS on an external drive, BUT someone told me (i have a thread on the front page in this forum) that i can put the files (whether it is in Parallels or VM/Bootcamp) on an external..

    i googled "installing windows 7 on an external hard drive" and that is how i got the answer...
  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Correction, you can install OSX on an external drive, not windows.

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