Win 8 from external, within OSX?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Uplift, May 21, 2013.

  1. Uplift macrumors 6502

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    I've been google'ing for a guide to install Windows 8 to an external drive but most talk about running it by pressing a button a startup and booting it that way.

    I'm wondering if there is a way i can boot from it within OSX? while stored on an external hard drive?.. or better yet, the option for both?

    Is it possible?.. I'm asking a lot i know but i'd need to be able to use Windows 8 while i'm working within OSX, perhaps in a window?

    I don't mind installing something on my mac to make this run but i'd rather have the windows installation on an external disk.

    Even better would be the option to also boot directly into Windows?

    Thanks in advance :)
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    You can use windows within OSX but only from Parallels or VMware. Even then both apps require a bootcamp partition. If it doesn't see the bootcamp volume, then it probably won't work.

    You can create a virtual machine within either product that could sit on an external drive but then it would only run within those apps.
     
  3. saturnotaku macrumors 68000

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    No they don't. You can do a full install of Windows for either program.
     
  4. maflynn Moderator

    maflynn

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    See my second point, he was asking if he had an existing win8 partition on the an external drive. As I mentioned, he can also create a VM, you then can do a full install within those apps.
     

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