Startup on external HDD

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by lee.anderson, Jan 18, 2009.

  1. lee.anderson macrumors regular


    Aug 28, 2006
    Basically, last week my internal HDD died, and I lost a lot of pictures, movies etc... But luckily for me I received 2 external USB2 HDD for christmas.
    I have used the external 1TB HDD for my mac startup drive, and everything was fine until I wanted to partition it with bootcamp, which said something along the lines of "cannot partition external Hard Drive".

    I tried the other external usb drive to install windows on but it would not install.

    So my question is:

    Is it possible for me to use an external USB2 drive for a startup for windows 7?
    I figured i could use my iPod to install it to the external hd (as ive done before).

    So can I use a usb external hard drive as a startup disk as I haven't got the money to buy an internal hd yet?

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