Running Windows from an external drive

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  1. mediamab macrumors member

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    hiya guys,

    To reduce space required on SSD can i have the windows image located on an external drive and will this work fine in bootcamp or via parallels? the drive will be fw800

    cheers
     
  2. iyacyas macrumors member

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    Maybe it'll work...

    Check out this link and let us know if you get it to work, as I've not had time myself to try.

    http://guides.macrumors.com/Boot_Camp_Windows_XP_On_External_Drive
     
  3. mediamab thread starter macrumors member

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  4. twoodcc macrumors P6

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    i don't see why parallels wouldnt' work. worth a try at least
     
  5. MacModMachine macrumors 68020

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    Yes it will work, i would recommend fw 800, i have booted windows from it and it works great.
     
  6. dogtanian macrumors 6502

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    Why on earth have I never tried this before? :confused:
     
  7. mediamab thread starter macrumors member

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    i assume the reason it works is because its using firewire and not usb?

    this is fantastic news...and you can confirm it allows u to boot direct into windows when plugging the drive in and also run parallels?

    when not connected to the firewire... i assume no issues arise? just dont open up parallels?
     

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