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Hello one and all, I'm new to the mac scene (sort of) and recently aquired a Macbook. My question is, is it possible to have a dual-boot system on the computer between the internal hdd and an external one. (think firewire) I know that it's possible with PC but I have NO clue if it's possible with mac. If more details are needed, I'll be happy to supply them.

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yes it is, i think that it needs to be a firewire drive.

I have done it with a iMac and G5 before, and it work then, so it should in you situation.

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Hello one and all, I'm new to the mac scene (sort of) and recently aquired a Macbook. My question is, is it possible to have a dual-boot system on the computer between the internal hdd and an external one. (think firewire) I know that it's possible with PC but I have NO clue if it's possible with mac. If more details are needed, I'll be happy to supply them.

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Molly
Hi Molly,

This question has come up before and I found this thread:

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Hello one and all, I'm new to the mac scene (sort of) and recently aquired a Macbook. My question is, is it possible to have a dual-boot system on the computer between the internal hdd and an external one. (think firewire) I know that it's possible with PC but I have NO clue if it's possible with mac. If more details are needed, I'll be happy to supply them.

Thanks,
Molly
Yes, and I just did it last night. Create a disk image on your external drive and then hold Option when rebooting. You can select where to boot from that way. I have my external drive partitioned and it did not work too well, so I had to re-partition it (erasing data on it) for it to work. Now I have installed my new 160GB hdd in my macbook and it's working well. Good luck.
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