Vista, BootCamp, eSATA

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by llwybyr, Jun 16, 2007.

  1. llwybyr macrumors newbie


    Jun 28, 2006
    Has anyone tried or heard of any success in installing Vista (or XP) on an external drive hooked up via eSATA as opposed to USB or FireWire?

    Can a MacBook Pro even boot a volume hooked up this way via the ExpressCard slot?

    Any experiences or knowledge to the matter would be appreciated. I'm trying to figure out what setup to take for Vista/XP games and I'd prefer to use a large external drive.

    I think I may end up going with a small internal partition and then use the external drive for data, but even still I think I'd prefer to keep Windows in it's own environment completely if possible.
  2. MGLXP macrumors regular

    Sep 29, 2005
    The Macbook Pro cannot boot from an external drive connected via an eSATA Expresscard as the drivers for the Expresscard are only loaded when booted into Mac OS X.
  3. llwybyr thread starter macrumors newbie


    Jun 28, 2006
    They certainly don't want to make it easy to run OS's on an external drive. Oh well, at least I'll have a large enough internal drive that it won't matter so much.
  4. spmacdonald macrumors newbie

    Dec 4, 2007
    Can you not provide '3rd party' drivers during the install? I was hoping to try this myself tonight...

    What card are you using for eSATA?

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