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    OSX on external HD?

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    OSX on external HD?
    Hey, I'm a video editor, and I do a lot of travel work. I have clients that require me to use PC and others that require OSX. I'm tired of lugging two 17 inch laps with me, and since I've invested a lot more money into my PC (in terms of RAM, processor, etc) I was wondering if it's possible to take my Hard Drive from my MacBook Pro and SATA or USB it and boot from my PC, essentially without starting windows, using the external Mac HD as a primary.

    I'm NOT building a hackintosh or illegally downloading any software for this. That's out of the question for me and my clients. but to help me consolidate, is this possible?

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    OSX on external HD?
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    Nope, OS X can only legally boot on a Mac computer. Why don't you bootcamp your MBP instead?
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    OSX on external HD?

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    bootcamp the MAC as in run my windows on it? Its just a matter of Spec's my Pc is spec'd out, with 16gb ram, huge HDs etc. It would just make it easier that way. So there's no possible way? I mean, it's the original MAC hard drive, just running on basically a new machine...

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    OSX on external HD?
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    OS X can only run on Mac hardware, so no. Your only option, if you want to carry just one laptop is to bootcamp the MacBook and run both OSes on it.
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    OSX on external HD?

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    Well that's lame. And makes my life way too expensive. So is it impossible to build a mac machine?

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    OSX on external HD?
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlisterD View Post
    Well that's lame. And makes my life way too expensive. So is it impossible to build a mac machine?
    As Stretch has repeatedly tried to tell you… NO! You cannot boot OS X off a PC. That's how it's always been, that's how it always will be. This shouldn't be coming as a surprise.

    Please verify and include the exact model/year of your Mac and OS X version number (available from "About This Mac", then "More Info" on the Apple menu).
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