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mr g5 09-30-2006 11:14 AM

bootcamp on seperate hd??
Ok i updated my firmware to fix the slow hd speed with windows xp. I installed a second hd in my mac. OS X detects it but bootcamp says I can only install windows on the booted hd (macintosh HD). How do I put it on a seperate hd?


D3v1L80Y 09-30-2006 11:20 AM

Apple's offical take on the subject

mr g5 09-30-2006 11:28 AM

I'm not trying to use an external hd. I have a seperate internal SATA drive. I though bootcamp supported that?

D3v1L80Y 09-30-2006 11:31 AM


Originally Posted by mr g5
I'm not trying to use an external hd. I have a seperate internal SATA drive. I though bootcamp supported that?

It might not be external, but it is a second HD and it is still the same principle.
Even from the official Apple link:

It requires an Intel-based Mac with a single partition, Mac OS X 10.4.6 or later, and the latest available firmware.

mr g5 09-30-2006 11:39 AM

So I cant use this hard drive for windows xp?

trpnmonkey41 09-30-2006 12:39 PM

Nope, has to be on the system drive

mr g5 09-30-2006 04:37 PM

anyone else?

mr g5 09-30-2006 04:54 PM

can someone else comment before I go ahead with this?

trpnmonkey41 09-30-2006 07:18 PM

I don't see why you are looking for other comments, its a pretty definitive answer. You can only install XP via bootcamp on a single partitioned machine

mr g5 09-30-2006 07:54 PM

Do you think the next bootcamp wil support this? Also Can I share files between the two os's? like word documents?

mr g5 10-03-2006 07:59 PM

Just for future reference, boot camp 1.1.1 can install xp on a seperate interenal hard drive. I am currently running it on a seperate drive now and it works perfect.

The people from helped me, so If you have any questions go to that forum.

ah1802 10-08-2006 09:46 AM

so do you reckon this will work on an external hard drive?

spaceage tech 10-09-2006 12:36 PM

You know let me breathe some new life into this discussion.

I've got the MBP w/ an 80gb hdd. I can only spare 10gbs for xp and im out of space at that. I've got an external 2.5 drive that I'd LOVE to use as an xp drive.

I think what the OP was eluding to when he asked for more comments was that the Mac community is infamous for wanting to do something and pulling together and getting a solution out to the masses. Telling him that "its a definative answer" and trying to close it is ... I don't know.. rude I guess, especially when there are other people in the same thread saying otherwise. I'm sorry if this forum doesn't have the answer, but that doesnt mean that others don't.

As for my own research, AH, I'd say yes... its possible, but you'll have to work at it. Read the links above and see what happens. I would assume that yes, eventually Apple will see thelight and give users the option to boot from an external drive. Apple has been famous for that ability for years with the powerbooks and such. Just remember that Google is your friend. Don't let people tell you something isn't possible.

Look at the MBP's and the heat issue. People here have been saying since their intro that there was no solution, but I found one on another forum and postedit here!

Good luck,

mr g5 10-09-2006 07:24 PM

i'm not sure if you can, I do know that if you did it would be a "work around". In my case apple supported it but I did not know how to do it. There are many threads about this on seperate forums. go to and type "boot camp on external drive".

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