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  1. #1

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    Dec 23, 2006
    bootcamp on external h-d?
    i currently have a black macbook and got around to buying a hard drive enclosure......and i have formatted my hard drive to question is this can i install and run bootcamp off of the external hard drive.....i figured i can download it and install it to the hard drive and i guess just plug it in when i want this possible?

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    Nov 18, 2006
    Anytown, USA
    27" iMac 2.7GHz Core i5, iPhone 6, iPad Air 2, 4th gen Apple TV
    Unfortunately, you can't run an OS off an external drive. I don't know specifically why, but I've seen this question come up and be answered before.
    "Give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others"

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    Aug 09, 2007
    One of the functions of Bootcamp is to trick Windows into thinking the Mac firmware is a standard PC BIOS. Its this BIOS that allows booting from external devices and unfortunatley the current version of Bootcamp only allows booting from internal hard drives.

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    Jun 22, 2007
    Macbook(White), 2.16Ghz Core2 Duo, 2GB RAM, 250GB 5400RPM Scorpio HD, Intel GMA 950
    I think you could install it without using bootcamp on an external drive.

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