Windows on external Drive?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Calipso, Feb 16, 2008.

  1. Calipso macrumors member

    Jul 30, 2006
    I was wondering if it is possible to install Windows XP on an external hard drive that would be linked to my imac via USB or Firewire. OS X be installed on the iMacs hard drive, with Windows stuff on the external. Is it possible? And if it is, how do you select to boot up in Windows?

  2. Neil321 macrumors 68040


    Nov 6, 2007
    Britain, Avatar Created By Bartelby
    If you get xp installed on a external & can bootcamp from it, post your results
  3. Calipso thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 30, 2006
    Hmm. That sounds very tricky indeed! I have one of the new iMacs (purchased in december 2007) and I am not to confident in opening that up to remove the hard drive? Why on earth do you have to remove the hard drive. Is there not some option to boot up from the USB drive?

    Anyone know if removing the hard drive is easy?

    NOw I found this on the internet;

    From -

    According to that, you do not need to remove your hard drive. I am confused!
  4. pastrychef macrumors 601


    Sep 15, 2006
    New York City, NY
    I think that if you use a Firewire drive, you're fine. USB is more troublesome.

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