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    Molly
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    Is it possible to boot from an external hard drive on a Macbook?
    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

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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.
    Mac Pro (Early 2009) 8 Core 2.26 GHz, 6 GB Ram, 640 GB Drive. Dell 2408WFP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Molly
    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
    Hi Molly,

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

    Dual-Booting

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    lem144
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    Quote Originally Posted by Molly
    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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