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Running Windows from a FireWire drive?

 
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 23, 2009 8:22 am    Post subject: Running Windows from a FireWire drive? Reply with quote

If I install Fusion or Parallels on the mini, can I use a FireWire 800 drive for running windows? I guess Fusion or Parallels will be on the mini but the virtual machine will be located on the external drive.

I wanted to go this route to save space on the mini's hard drive. Not sure how much space my Windows virtual machine will command--I'm really only interested in a couple apps to run with it.

Also, if I chose to keep Windows on the mini, at what point after buying the mini and starting up with it do I have to commit to a partition size for BootCamp and/or Fusion-Parallels? Is that something that can be set up after other software has been loaded on the mini?

Thanks!
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2009 5:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This may or may not help.

http://tinyurl.com/yjs4rycl

If the above TinyURL fails, go directly to the information by using this link.

http://www.askdavetaylor.com/how_do_i_install_windows_xp_on_my_mac_with_parallels_desktop_1.html

The choice of following the advice posted is entirely at your discretion.

Good luck.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2009 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good article on installing Parallels. I semi-answered my question by getting the manuals online for Fusion and Parallels. The Fusion manual was particularly helpful.

Looks like Fusion and Parallels will help conserve disk space by avoiding partitioning. That file can be accessed from another disk, if needed.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 29, 2009 1:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is what I did:
I have Vmware and windows XP.
I have a 2.5" 40Gb IDE HDD on a firewire external enclosure.
I cloned may system and deleted the unnecessary applications.
Then I removed Vmware from my Mac Mini
All I need to do is use this drive as a startup disk once it is plugged to my Mac Mini or Macbook.
It does not really answer your question but it can be a way to consider saving space in your Mac Mini HDD.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 07, 2009 12:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can cheat!!!

Let me explain.

Search in google for how to install windows xp on a usb hard drive

There is a way to patch the usb driver using nlite to build a new xp disk once burned the disk will allow you to install windows xp on a usb hard drive and even install it on a firewire drive.

However i would recommend using boot camp or vmware
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 07, 2009 2:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

macmanmacman wrote:
You can cheat!!!

Let me explain.

Search in google for how to install windows xp on a usb hard drive

There is a way to patch the usb driver using nlite to build a new xp disk once burned the disk will allow you to install windows xp on a usb hard drive and even install it on a firewire drive.


It's debatable.

Those XP on a stick tricks assume the host machine is one with a BIOS system in place.

I cannot say for certain if the same system hack would work with EFI.

Therein lies the problem.

Tricking a EFI based machine to start up using Xp on a stick may be the hardest matter to overcome.

Although (with the above in mind) there is a group that have come up with a boot loader called Chameleon that works with OSX86.

http://chameleon.osx86.hu/

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