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Moving internal HD to External - will bootcamp still work?


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QUESTION:
I have a 500GB internal drive in my MBP:
Partition #1 is Mac OS (10.6.6)
Partition #2 is Bootcamp (WinXP)

Can I move the internal disk to a USB enclosure and boot WinXP (bootcamp) from the (now) external disk?

I need to give my daughter my MBP and I want it to be a fresh HD with a new MacOS install - bootcamp not required.

But, I want the option to hook up my old HD - in the external enclosure - and boot into my old setup (Mac OS or bootcamp).

I know I can use Carbon Copy & WinClone to move to a new, replacement, internal HD. That is not my goal.
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QUESTION:

I have a 500GB internal drive in my MBP:
Partition #1 is Mac OS (10.6.6)
Partition #2 is Bootcamp (WinXP)

Can I move the internal disk to a USB enclosure and boot WinXP (bootcamp) from the (now) external disk?
Yes, it will work provided you boot your machine from the 500 GB drive which is being used as an external. Keep in mind that running OS X this way will be slow and XP even slower.
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Yes, it will work provided you boot your machine from the 500 GB drive which is being used as an external. Keep in mind that running OS X this way will be slow and XP even slower.
I run Tiger from a USB stick - I am used to pain.

But, currently, to run bootcamp, I hold the <option> key down at power up - the MacOS & bootcamp drives show up and I pick which one to boot.
If I don't hold the <option> key down, then the "default" OS boots - and I pick the default OS from the bootcamp "picker" tool.

But, I don't have to boot MacOS first.

I assume I will do the same - and instead of two, there will be three options:
Intenal MacOS (new MacOS install),
External MacOS (original MacOS),
External Bootcamp (original bootcamp).
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