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    Member Since
    Oct 10, 2010
    Roseville CA
    15" MBP i5 500GB 4GB, iPhone 3GS, 160GB Classic, 40GB ATV, 16GB iPad WiFi
    Partition external HD to boot Windows
    Is it possible to use an external HD connected via Firewire 800 to boot with Windows on my iMac?

    The reason I need windows is this:

    I have a video surveillance system set up at my shop and I want to be able to view the live feed of it from home. The only web browser that will load the page is internet explorer. Obviously you cannot get that for a Mac so I thought to load windows on then I could view the feed with ease.

    If anybody has any ideas as to how else I could view the feed with maybe a different web browser or a plug-in I am unaware of, please drop a reply.

    Thanks a lot and happy thanks giving!!

    - Mike
    Everything was meant to be taken apart.

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    Member Since
    Jan 23, 2008
    Keller, Texas
    2017 27" iMac, 10.5" iPad Pro, iPhone 6s+, iPhone 7+, Numerous iPods, High Sierra
    Let's get this in the correct forum. (Windows)

    You can not boot any version of Windows from an external hard drive without doing some hacking. Because of licensing and activation, Microsoft has designed it so that Windows can only be booted from an internal hard drive.

    What you can do, however, is either dual boot your iMac to run both OS X and Windows, or, run Windows using virtual software. (Parallels, Fusion, VirtualBox). Your iMac does have to be an Intel one not PPC.

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    Buzzard2010's Avatar
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    Oct 22, 2010
    Bretforton, Worcestershire
    MacBook Pro 15" 2014, 2.2GHz i7, 16GB RAM, 250GB SSD, OSX 10.9.5 - iPhone 5s 16gb
    I highly recommend Parallels, they have made some amazing changes and upgrades to the software!

    - Simon

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    May 2011
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    Mar 17, 2009
    2008 15" MBP Yosemite, 2012 21.5" iMac Yosemite
    I'd suggest virtual box since it's free and you're only using Windows for such a small simple task.
    64GB iPhone 6, 64GB iPad Air 2.

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