So I've had my Macbook Pro for about a week now...

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Matto1020, Jul 31, 2007.

  1. Matto1020 macrumors member

    Matto1020

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    And I am pretty sure I will never be switching back to Windows permanently! OS X is just sooo nice!

    Anyways I do have a question regarding bootcamp. I need to use WinXP for a couple Win only programs...can I just install WinXP on an external Harddrive and use bootcamp to access WinXp with it or does WinXP NEED to be installed on my MBP's harddrive? I would prefer it on a serperate one just incase anything were to happen (virus or otherwise) it would be completly seperate from my MBP.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Knolly macrumors 6502a

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    I've been told it is theoretically possible to have Windows on an external drive but I'm yet to succeed...

    My setup is I gave Windows a 15 GB partition and then install games and such on an external hard drive and run it from that.

    As for a virus potentially corrupting your Mac installation, I could be wrong, but it is probably very unlikely/impossible since Windows can't read the Mac's file system, and thus you can't access any of your Mac files while booted up in Windows.
     
  3. hohohong macrumors 6502

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    Anyone tried this (booting windows from ext HD)? Lemme know if this works.
     
  4. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    you need to edit XP or vistas image to install on a external. windows makes you install on a internal hardrive. ive got no idea how to do it so google for it.

    @ Matto

    why not jsut use parallels to use a few windows apps? you wont need to reboot, windows starts up in a mater of seconds and you can save your docs on your OS X hard disk. i use boot camp to play games cos u cant in parallels.
    dont worry about virii in parallels either as OS X cannot even read them. but on the other hand you could worry about pasing them onto your pc buddies if you even hang around with them anymore! lol ;)
     
  5. iCheddar macrumors 6502a

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    Also, *correct me if I'm wrong* with Parallels, instead of having to go through the Windows install process, if your 'doze install gets infected with a virus or whatever, you can just throw it away and have a new virtual machine running in a few minutes.
     
  6. Matto1020 thread starter macrumors member

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    Ok so here's a question. Can Parallels read off of my external harddrive where I have some movies saved from iMovie?

    Also...there is a program I love using called TagandRename which basically fixes all your tags on MP3 files. If I were to have an MP3 downloaded into Mac OSX...can I run parallels to run TagandRename and fix the MP3 tag? Thanks!
     

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