Windows on external drive?

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

  1. dahveed macrumors newbie

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    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

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    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.

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  3. dahveed thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I guess thats the best way to do it then. Well thank you.
     

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