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    Para. on External HDD??
    I looked in all the parallels threads, but couldnt find this out...

    Can i get an external 150gb firewire drive and install parallels with xp onto that so that i dont have to take up space on my macbook or not?

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    I parallel is an application, so I believe you should be able to do what you want.
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    yes but does XP install to the program folder of Parallels so that it would also install to my Ext. or would windows be installed on my mac drive, or be a choice where it's at... i have never installed an OS so i dont know how that part works

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    Can anyone answer this for me, I'm really looking into it???
    Im sorry, my responses are limited. You must ask the right questions!
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    I'm doubting that you can install the OS on the ext. HD....try it

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    I would think you'd be able to do this just fine. Every OS install for Parallels consists of two files: A config file that has your settings for RAM, resolution, etc in it, and the other file is the hard drive file that stores the OS and all the data. So if you simply move those files to another drive, I would think it work fine. You just might have to change a setting that tells Parallels that the files are in a new directory.
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    I tried it: you can move the actual OS files around as much as you want...

    It asks for a folder to look in for the OS at startup... just point it to your external drive and it should load up the pc fine...

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    Thanks for the info everyone, I have just installed XP and Server 2003 on my external drive

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    thank you, i will be doing this soon
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    This is why I am a very big fan of parallels. I don't need to play games so I don't need the 3d performance that you can get with BootCamp but this is great because I can install multiple OS's on my external drive (saves space on the laptop and keeps me from messing around with the partitions). I am currently running XP Pro, Ubuntu, and SuSe
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