Win 7 on External HDD

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by aceuk, Mar 21, 2014.

  1. aceuk macrumors newbie

    aceuk

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    If I Instal Vmware on a Windows 7 PC and install a copy of Windows 7 on a external HDD(USB 3.0) ,
    will my IMac( late 2013 version) with Vmware see the drive and run the Windows 7 on it when connected.
    Also Do I need to have the same version of Vmware on both machines.
    Will the proformance/speed be ok for running windows games (not FPS) and office work .
    Thanx
     
  2. aceuk thread starter macrumors newbie

    aceuk

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  3. freeuser macrumors regular

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    can't help you on installing Win7 on an external harddisk

    because it's known not an easy way and for me to much hassel. but maybe this will be a solution for you too, what I have done:

    installed Mavericks on an external Thunderbolt SSD, installed Parallels 9 with Windows 8.1 in it, and it's running great!
     
  4. noodle654 macrumors 68020

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    I just tried to do the same using USB 3. Does not work, however I have seen that it does with Thunderbolt. Really unfortunate that Windows 7 doesn't support this. Windows 8 now supports external booting via Windows-to-go. There are some hacks and ways around this but to me it just wasn't worth it.

    For your scenario I am not sure if Windows 7 will boot from a PC to Mac even in VMWare because of hardware differences. Might be wrong on this.
     
  5. aceuk thread starter macrumors newbie

    aceuk

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    Thanks for your input.
    So It looks like I'll have to get a Thunderbolt drive if I want to do this.
    That has put the price up.
    I was looking at getting a Hard disk enclosure(£30) and putting my 1TB drive in it.
     

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