Windows on Firewire 400/800 disk?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Jiddick ExRex, Jun 25, 2007.

  1. Jiddick ExRex macrumors 65816

    Jiddick ExRex

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    Hi. I need to buy a new mac in October (don't ask why, although it has something to do with Leopard and me quitting my job).

    I have been going back and forth between a mac Pro which would satisfy my casual windows gaming needs and my looooads of data, and a MBP low or high end, satisfying my portability needs but not my needs of data storage. So I was wondering just getting a firewire/usb hub and hook up all my hard disks to a new MBP. That was when I ran into the other problem: running windows on the mac with 70+ GB of games on it. Not gonna happen with a 160 GB internal HD.

    How would windows cope being booted from an external firewire hard disk? How would games react? I know it can be done, and even work satisfactory in the OS but I have not tried running games on it at all.

    Any experiences/advice as what to do?
     
  2. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    I don't think it can be booted from an external.
     
  3. crazzyeddie macrumors 68030

    crazzyeddie

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    You cannot install Windows on an external drive (at least in Tiger).

    However, and I don't know if Windows would allow this, you could install Windows on the internal partition and then install all of your games on an external formated for NTFS/FAT32.
     
  4. EvryDayImShufln macrumors 65816

    EvryDayImShufln

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    This should work. I know with windows, if you copy the program files onto another computer or from location to location, they still work, something that isn't the case with copying files mac to mac. Anyhow I think it should work and you should be able to run your games off the hard drive.
     
  5. Jiddick ExRex thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jiddick ExRex

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    So little help to be found.

    Yes you can install windows on an external drive. I used netrestore to make an image of an internal Boot camped Windows installation and exported it to the external drive using the ntfsprogs port software that Bombich provided.
    Supersmart, easy and wonderful when you need to remove the whole lot because something got corrupted or the system slows down.

    I take the lack of answers however that few others than me have tried it :)
     

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