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PostPosted: Sat Nov 12, 2011 2:15 pm    Post subject: Bootcamp on External HD Reply with quote

Just called Applecare to do some preliminary research. They did not think this would work. I thought it was a no brainer. Put windows on a separate external HD to completely compartmentalize it from the rest of the system. I have a 1 terabyte drive I wanted to do this on. Anyone else try this or successfully do it?
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 12, 2011 2:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I haven't tried this but you may be able to have a bootable copy of OS X on the external drive... boot from it... and then set-up bootcamp on the external drive. Yes you would still have a copy of OS X on the external drive, but that's no big deal just set the OS X partition size to a minimum on the external.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 12, 2011 4:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do not remember if the mini came with a copy of OS X. Or can I copy it from internal HD to external HD. I really thought I would be able to just slap Windows on an externalHD. Sigh...
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 12, 2011 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kerbouchard wrote:
I do not remember if the mini came with a copy of OS X. Or can I copy it from internal HD to external HD. I really thought I would be able to just slap Windows on an externalHD. Sigh...


Not a big deal. You can clone OS X onto the external drive with SuperDuper. The external will then become bootable. Then boot from the external and run Bootcamp assistant.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 13, 2011 12:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

But then I am cloning all the stuff on my internal HD right? How do I get a clean copy of the OS?
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 15, 2012 3:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kerbouchard wrote:
But then I am cloning all the stuff on my internal HD right? How do I get a clean copy of the OS?

I'd also like to know this. And what minimum size of an external HD do I need for this?
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 15, 2012 5:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you have a hard drive that is formatted Mac OSX Extended with a GUID partition table. Your on the way.

Watch this video it is excellent
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNPfgufrVRA
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2012 12:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought that Bootcamp doesn't support Windows on USB or Firewire. You had to run some Windows hack. Windows 8 supposedly will support it.

For Windows 7 on USB it is a bit of work even on a PC:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_kTr0e-GB0
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Windows running from an external
USB or Firewire Hard Drive is not
supported. If you get it working
at all (and I don't think you will)
expect problems.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 12:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I guess you'll have to run Parallels on the external drive then. If your goal is to compartmentalize Windows from your internal drive, you'll at least achieve this goal. I would personally just run Parallels on the internal or boot camp on the internal. What are your concerns?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 5:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I run OS X Lion on an external RAID and it also has VMware Fusion running Vista. On my internal SSD I am running only Windows 7, no OS X.

OS X wants a GUID to install, Windows wants a MBR to install. A hybrid disk can be created with using Lion BootCamp but by definition it is unstable and will give you grief when you are required to resize or restore.
(tested extensively here).

I never managed to get windows to run stable on an external disk.

Strangely enough I did never manage to get Parallels to work properly / stable and with VMware I did never look back. Support from Parallels was totally and utterly useless.
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