Windows on external drive?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by dahveed, Jun 19, 2011.

  1. dahveed macrumors newbie

    Jun 19, 2010
    I just bought a new LaCie HDD today to use for a time machine backup. I partitioned the external hdd to have 32 GB set aside for a possible Windows installation. I tried installing windows and apparently you cannot install windows onto a USB/FireWire device.

    I have Windows on a virtual machine through Virtual Box on my iMac now. Is there a possible way to have Windows installed on my external hard drive?
  2. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    You can definitely put your VM on the external drive and run it that way. I use VMWare, so maybe a Virtualbox user can help you find and move the files.

    You can't however, run Windows easily natively i.e. Boot Camp on an external.

  3. dahveed thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 19, 2010
    I guess thats the best way to do it then. Well thank you.

Share This Page