Using my External Hard Drive with my Macbook Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by bogeybro, Aug 22, 2011.

  1. bogeybro macrumors newbie

    Apr 17, 2011

    I was wondering if I could use my 1TB Hard drive as the actual hard drive of my computer because 250gb on my mac is not that much and I need more space

  2. gakuran hitori macrumors regular

    gakuran hitori

    Nov 13, 2008
    You mean crack open the external enclosure and replace your computer's internal one with that one, or just boot from the external drive through firewire or usb?

    If the former, probably, if it's a laptop-sized hard drive and SATA. If you want to just boot into OSX from an external hard drive, your computer would run very slowly and I wouldn't recommend doing this. I'd suggest keeping OSX and your apps on the internal drive and store media and personal files on the external drive.
  3. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    If you intend to use it as an external still and boot off of it, you can do it, but it'll be very slow, as USB and Firewire are much much slower than an internal link.

    If the hard drive in your external enclosure is a laptop sized one, you can put it in the MBP and install OS X on it without any problems, but you're out of an external.

    Might I suggest hopping over to and buying a 1TB hard drive?

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