Running Parallels 6 from USB 2.0?

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  1. Casey01 macrumors member

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    So right now I'm in the market for an External Hard Drive because I only have a 100GB HDD and I need a place to backup my Mac, place my .cr2 (RAW) photos, and run a few other Operating Systems via Parallels 6.

    I wouldn't see there being any problems with Backing Up and placing my photos using a USB Ext. HDD but would Parallels run slower if I put them on a USB 2.0? or should I look for a FireWire 400 Ext. HDD instead?

    The only problem with the latter is that it seem they are a bit more expensive than just a USB 2.0 Hard Drive.
     
  2. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    It's going to run kinda slow from an external in general. I also see you have a Core Duo, so the 2GB RAM limit is likely going to be more of an issue than having it on an external hard drive.
     
  3. Casey01 thread starter macrumors member

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    Okay then, so my best bet is to get a 1TB USB 2.0 HDD instead? And just scrap using Parallels at all? (Ubuntu runs pretty well on it though)
     
  4. Young Spade macrumors 68020

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    Upgrade the internal hard drive. Running the OS through USB 2.0 or Firewire will be a pain.

    Backup all of your Hard drive's contents using Carbon Copy Cloner or whatever, take that drive out, go buy a 320 or 500gb one from the store, and restore using the disks and get your old machine back with more space.
     

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