Windows on external HD

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Crown16, Jun 1, 2008.

  1. Crown16 macrumors regular

    Mar 10, 2008
    Hi, I want to install windows on my external HD(fat32) I had windows vista on my internal but it took up to much space. So i used winclone so i didnt lose any files. Little infot bout my ext HD, i have it formatted in 3 partitions, 1 mac os x journaled with a complete back up of my mac that is bootable too.(used carbon copy cloner) 2. i have a ms dos fat 32 partition on whicht i can put all my movies and still view them on my windows. and 3... that i also formatted fat 32 i want to put my vista on that. problem is everytime winclone runs into some error and 'freezes'. so i thought mabye the problem was that the HD was formatted fat 32 and no ntfs. but i cant seem to find any software for mac to format ntfs. what do i do?
  2. Crown16 thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 10, 2008
    Never mind about the winclone ive given that up:p, I discoverd from seceral other forums that i only niet to hold C down to boot from the cd and only needed the bootcamp firmware which i have. i also found out that after i start vista up from the cd i can pick my external HD. only problem is that i dont have a windows vista setup support driver for exernal HD's. but my cd apparantly does not have that driver. anyone know were i can get this driveR?
  3. vistafanboi macrumors member

    Feb 28, 2007

    Since Windows refuses to boot on external drives, you will have a little trouble finding any such drivers, if they even exist.

    Windows cannot use USB or Firewire devices as boot devices.

    You may be able to get Windows installed on an external Firewire drive, but when you attempt to boot from it, you will not be able to.

    The only way you will be able to boot Windows on an external drive is to use an eSATA drive. Windows will boot from these, since they appear as normal internal SATA drives in Windows.

    Donald L McDaniel
  4. Crown16 thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 10, 2008
    hmm, ok. then i guess ill just instal vista on a small partition. other question though, i have a 30gb partition now but if i delete it can i just add the extra space to my main partition of mac?
  5. Neil321 macrumors 68040


    Nov 6, 2007
    Britain, Avatar Created By Bartelby
    Yes with bootcamp assistant or disk utility
  6. Crown16 thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 10, 2008
    Its done, i havfe a 5gb internal vista partition and i partitioned my ext HD 100gb ntfs as extra storage. it all works fine now thanks guys. one small question: is it possible to acces my mac partition when in vista?
  7. yellow Moderator emeritus


    Oct 21, 2003
    Portland, OR
    Are you sure? One can boot a WinPE'd install of XP from a USB device.

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