Windows + External HD

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by LordUn, Oct 16, 2006.

  1. LordUn macrumors newbie

    Sep 27, 2006
    Hi guys,

    just wondering if someone can clarify the below situation for me, and tell me the suitability of it all.

    I have read through alot of posts on the BootCamp and firmware situation, along with external booting. Im no computer genius, but having Windows XP running in full would be quiet handy for the few things I cant run in parallels that I need.

    can I:

    Install Windows XP using BootCamp with the minimum sized partition (5GB) and then operate an external drive (firewire) for all my programs.

    Basically, could i install all my apps on the firewire drive and if its a decent drive, operate everything as normal there? Or do I need to have as much as possible on the internal drive?

    I have under 10GB left on the internal, and more Mac OS things needed to be installed yet....

    I know USB 2.0 drives are unsuitable for sustained use, and so are hoping that a firewire solution would work fine?

    Any input is appreciated,

  2. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    Yes, you can keep your apps and data on an external drive, while booting off the internal drive.

    However many apps will default to installing in C:\Program Files and may still put files there even when you tell it to install elsewhere...

    Windows in general is not well attuned to having more than one drive or partition...

  3. LordUn thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 27, 2006
    Apps performance

    Thanks for the reply. Is a firewire drive (400) spinning at 7200 RPM sufficient for use heavily as a place for storing and using apps?

    As you say windows XP does not like external drives a heap, is performance and stability likely to be compromised?


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