Running OS X on an External HD

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  1. Chedam macrumors newbie

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    I'm wondering what I should do. I can get an external, but I want to run Mac OS X Leopard on it.

    1. Does it need to be Firewire / other

    2. Will it run off my MacBook

    3. Can I run Bootcamp to install Windows on the External


    Any help would be great.
     
  2. thecritix macrumors 6502

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    I've run Tiger off of an external, I did it on my macbook, it was a firewire drive (think it needs to be) not certain though. Not sure on the third point.
     
  3. Wotan31 macrumors 6502

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    Yes it must be firewire. You can boot from firewire but not from USB. Besides, firewire is much faster anyways.
     
  4. J@ffa macrumors 6502a

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    Actually, you can boot from USB, but only on Intel Macs. FireWire is faster, so stick with that.
     
  5. Poncho macrumors 6502

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    It's quite easy to do. One point tho is that (if I remember correctly) you must format the external drive differently if it is Leopard OS than if it is Tiger, otherwise it won't work.
     
  6. Chedam thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Cheers guys,

    Still not sure about it. I really need Windows, but I the Techies at school said they didn't want me putting it in the internal drive.

    It IS my MacBook though...
     
  7. ThirteenXIII macrumors 6502a

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    Firewire is faster but can be booted off both FireWire and USB drives.

    id recommend getting a SATA internal drive and get a external case.
     
  8. ltldrummerboy macrumors 68000

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    I'm pretty sure you can't run Windows on an external without some serious hacking. But as mentioned before, you can boot Linux and OS X via USB with Intel Macs. I don't know why the techies would tell you to not install Windows on your MacBook.

    Edit: Tell them to jump in a lake.
     
  9. Consultant macrumors G5

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    1. Intel Macs can boot OSX and Linux from both USB and Firewire.

    2. MacBook is intel mac.

    3. Windows does not natively support booting from external drives. Easier to buy a larger internal drive and install windows on internal.
     
  10. Chedam thread starter macrumors newbie

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    How much would I be looking at for a new internal? And would it void my warranty?
     
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  12. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    screw the techies, its your macbook is it not?

    either do bootcamp on the internal if you have room or look into fusion or parallels
     
  13. Chedam thread starter macrumors newbie

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    OK, what if I got another hard-drive, and swapped it out with the current one when I was at school?
     
  14. ThirteenXIII macrumors 6502a

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    for your macbook correct?

    Go for it.



    luckily for macbook users swapping out the drive is painlessly easy.
    I helped install two of the 320GB drives in a MBP and macbook with no hassle.

    the 320's are relatively cheap for the GB & price of a notebook drive.
    easily partitions for multiple OS'. and enough leeway to have a scratch disk if needed for photoshop applications.


    as far as warranty goes, the only thing I could see ever voiding the warranty is if you damaged some sort of component while doing the swap, which shouldnt happen anyways.

    goodluck!
     
  15. johnsy macrumors 6502

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    You can boot from either firewire or usb. I have on external USB hard drive Tiger and internally (imac) Leopard. Works perfectly.
     

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