Hardware :: Can I Use The External Drive As A Portion And Install Windows?

Jun 24, 2009

can you? i have an 80 Gb external HDD here i dont use and the windows portion of my mac would only be for games, can i use the external drive as a portion and install windows and everything on it?

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Dec 31, 2010

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Oct 5, 2009

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Jul 25, 2009

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Oct 23, 2009

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Mar 30, 2008

I have installed my new eSATA Newertech cable in my Mac Pro. I want to install windows XP on this external drive, because I have the Apple RAID Card.

I started Boot Camp Config, but I can not install the Windows Partition on the external drive. The external drive is not listed in boot camp.

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Jan 5, 2011

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Apr 27, 2012

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Jun 24, 2012

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Nov 23, 2010

My internal DVD is not working anymore and I want to install Windows.

I know it is possible to install Windows using an external DVD on a Macbook Air.

But is it possible on an iMac.

Since I have problems doing this, I ask the question in this forum ?

To be specific: my problem is that the screen remains gray, when I select to boot from an external DVD containing a bootable iso of windows 7.

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Dec 15, 2009

I'm trying to install Windows 7 and can't get the boot camp assistant to partition my drive. The drive in question is 500GB with over 200GB free space. I want a Windows partition of 35-40GB.On first attempt I kept getting the cannot move files error when trying to partition. I read up on the error online, and most people suggested issues with parallels or needing to use idefrag. I had parallels on my machine at one point, but am not sure if there are any problem folders still hiding somewhere. Any tips on that part?I ran idefrag overnight last night. When I booted the machine up this morning, I launched it again to verify that the disk was defraged. Boot camp still doesn't want to play.

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Aug 28, 2009

So I just partitioned my drive to install Windows and noticed that my hard drive is now making that "crunching" sound that some hard drives make. It started during my Windows installation, and it happens regularly in Windows.

I also briefly hear it while OSX is starting up, but it doesn't seem to happen much in OSX. I've launched a bunch of applications and it is still pretty much silent. Any ideas what could cause this? Could it be NTFS? I have several hard drives in my PC that don't make that sound. I am using a 17" MacBook Pro unibody with the regular 320gb 5400rpm drive that it comes with.

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Jan 10, 2008

I'm new here and was hoping for some feedback. I got a new 2.8 Imac and had it replaced after the Power Supply Position was idling at 82 degrees Celsius, and the top of the case felt very hot to the touch. The fans never "kicked in" even though it was that hot. Anyways, I got a replacement machine and the Power Supply Position now idles at about 68-70 degrees Celsius (much cooler), but the external portion of the machine still feels extremely hot. So my question is, how hot is too hot?? Is my machine normal and am I worried about nothing?? Should I be using SMC Fan Control?? Is the heat because of the 2.8 processor??

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Sep 21, 2010

I had a Windows based PC a couple of years ago that had crashed. So recently i tried to put the files from my old hard drive from my Windows computer to my Mac. In order to keep track of what i have copied and what I haven't i thought it would be good to delete the stuff of my windows hard drive once it was copied. However, it doesn't let me delete anything of the Windows drive since it is set to read only. Is there a way around this? i've tried everything i can think of, but haven't found a soluti

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MacBook Pro :: Install Windows From External DVD

Sep 22, 2010

Here's the setup:

Currently my MBP17 (alu) has two HD's installed but they're not RAIDed, the other unit is simply there are added storage. For many years I've never had the need to install Windows until now and since there's no internal optical drive I've been installing everything from the external Lacie Blu-Ray drive and it's been fine; up until now - but maybe it's because I've not tried it before?


Anyway... Does anyone know would it be possible to install Windows from a external optical drive connected via Firewire? Because whenever I try, all I get a flashing icons (the usual grey apple logo then a no access mark followed by a folder with a question mark in a folder).

What I do:

1. Start bootcamp, select Install Windows.

2. System restarts

3. Press and hold option key on boot up.

4. then select the Windows DVD

After, the system shows flashing icons.

a. grey apple logo

b. circle with a line through it

c. grey folder with a question mark.

d. (repeat from a)

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Jul 10, 2009

Is there any way without creating a usb bootable install cd that I can install windows XP onto my USB Hard Drive and boot from it in mac? If I can download a already bootable version of XP, please show me a link (please tell me if thats not allowed). Also, my H.D. doesn't show up when I boot up and hold option.
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Aug 12, 2009

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Sep 30, 2009

I'm having some huge problems. I have an .iso of Windows 7 Ultimate but my whole problem is that my macbooks dvd-rom drive crapped out on me a year ago so no burning no reading and Disc Utility wont let me restore the iso onto an external hard drive.

Does anyone have any idea what I could do to fix this? Is there a way I can put the image onto the hard drive at all?

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Nov 18, 2009

I have an external hard drive which I have successfully installed Windows XP SP3 onto. It was a long and painful process but I finally was able to get a modified XP install disc ready and from a Dell PC running Windows was able to install onto the external hard drive and I'm able to boot from it and everything. I did this on a PC because I couldn't for the life of me figure out how to boot correctly from an external drive in Mac.

Anyway, the hardest part is in the past and now my only problem is how to boot this external hard drive from my macbook, which is primarily what I want to use it on. I currently have a Macbook with three operating systems on it: Mac OS 10.5.8, Ubuntu Linux, and Windows XP SP3. I use rEFIt to boot into these operating systems. I tried using rEFIt to boot into XP on the external hard drive but it just gives me the legacy error messages saying that it couldn't load and noting the booting legacy os is not well supported by mac.

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Mar 6, 2008

I'm wanting to install 10.5 on an external drive, and I want to be able to plug that external drive into any number of Macs and boot from it. Basically I'm a freelancer and I want to be able to go in to any studio and have all my shit set up the way I want it rather than fannying around trying to figure out how somebody else has set up the Mac (you wouldn't believe how some of the machines are set up).

In theory it should work, but I'm a little worried that the Mac OS X installer will install a hardware specific installation (specific to the host Mac that I perform the installation on). So if I use a MacBook Pro to install OS X on the external drive, and I consequently use it to boot a Mac Pro, will it cause problems because the installation will only have the drivers for the MBP?

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Dec 24, 2008

I was wondering if it is possible to install OS X from an external USB hard drive. Like copying an image from my OS X DVD to my Mac, then copying the file to my external drive and then boot from that disc image on my other Mac.

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Jul 20, 2009

I have OSX and winXP boot camp on the Air and I want to install 7 on my external, which is formatted as GUID with 5 partitions, my OSX data, Windows data, and 10.5.6 & S.L. install partitions and now a new Windows 7 partition for Windows 7... question is will this work so I can press Option at startup and select the Win7 partition to boot up ala Boot Camp

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Jan 25, 2009

I've been reading up on ways to install Leopard from an external HDD image (.dmg), and I'm wondering if it is possible to do a similar function, but with Vista in boot camp. I'd like to backup both installers to an external HDD and make them mountable if the disks have a snafu.

Can you install Vista from an external HDD via Boot Camp? I imagine this would be an .iso or similar file type.

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OS X :: Install OSX On External Hard Drive For PC

Jul 17, 2009

installed OS X on an external usb hard drive and than booted from it on a PC?

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Aug 28, 2009

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OS X :: How To Install SL Onto External Hard Drive

Aug 31, 2009

is it possible to install SL onto an external harddrive and make it bootable? usb or firewire? i want to do this before i do an actual upgrade on my internal and play with it for a while.my leopard is running perfect right now so i want to play with SL on an external until some kinks are ironed out.

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Mar 17, 2012

I have read the discussions on making a bootable backup of Lion on external hard drive or a USB drive. I am not clear on whether I can purchase Lion from the App Store and have it download on an external drive so that my Macbook with 10.6.8 will remain as is. I want to test drive Lion before giving up Snow Leopard. I use SuperDuper and have a bootable Snow Leopoard on an external hard drive. Addendum: It looks like I may need to upgrade from 2GB of ram to 4GB before using Lion. My question still stands though.

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Aug 22, 2014

I would like to install os x Yosemite public Beta 2, since I have only one external hard drive and that one is my time machine, I made two partitions of it, one is backup and second for Yosemite.

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Windows On Mac :: Using Windows On External Hard Drive?

Feb 28, 2009

so today I bought a Toshiba external harddrive (black with green stripes?) and it has 160 GB capacity. I run windows on my Black MacBook, and am starting to run out of room on both (its 1/2 and 1/2 partitions of OS X and XP) Is there a way for me to put my windows onto my external harddrive and then restore my internal to ALL osx? then, I could just plug in the external harddrive and hold down something at start, and then it would boot up in windows?

(If this is possible, please just say it's not, but if it is, some detailed instructions

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Windows On Mac :: Can An External Hard Drive Be Used On Both Mac & Windows?

Jun 1, 2010

I'm trying to access my WD Passport using firewire 800 on both Windows & Mac.

The current situation is:

I have partitioned the drive through Mac Disc Utility with three partitions.
1. Time Machine
2. Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
3. MS DOS (FAT32)

I can access all partitions when running the MAC OS.
However when using boot camp to lunch Windows 7 Ultimate (64bit) I cannot see the drive.

I've tried going into windows disc manager and can see the disc as an unallocated drive with no partitions.

What I want to achieve is to have the one external drive like this;
1: Time Machine (for MAC backups)
2: A partition for storing my MAC files on
3: A partition for storing windows files on (accessed while using bootcamp).

All without losing the existing backups on the drive.

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