Windows and an External HD....

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by sickmate, Jan 23, 2007.

  1. sickmate macrumors newbie

    Jan 23, 2007
    I was wondering, I already have a partition of windows but I dont want to use any more space of my Hard Drive, so if I just plugged in an External Hard Drive, would it come up in XP? (Without having to make a whole new partition or anything).
    sickmate 8)
  2. htdefiant macrumors member

    Sep 19, 2006
    I don't think so. The way the BIOS works, I don't think USB devices wake up. So, I guess the answer is no.
  3. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England

    In Boot Camp you are essentially on a PC that looks like a Mac, so when you plug in a USB external drive formatted in FAT32 or NTFS you can use it natively. I have a Maxtor drive I use for moving video back and forth and it works fine in Boot Camp XP on the iMac.

    Now booting on the external without the internal partition is a different story, since Windows doesn't support booting on removable USB devices.

  4. sickmate thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 23, 2007
    Thanks balamw, I guess I'll get one then :).
    sickmate 8)

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