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ok so i installed windows on a usb hdd using parallels. a few questions:

1. if windows and the virtual machine is on a external hdd, does windows utilize OSX structure and thus allowing open doors for windows viruses

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since it is on an external, parallels and windows do not utilize the OSX structure.

2. i found a guide that someone wrote on installing windows on a hdd complete without parallels, but you must disconnect the hdd in the mac. I have a macbook pro and to get to the hdd you have to take out 47 screws and it voids the warranty. I'm not going to try that, but i wonder if anyone has heard of a way to disable the hdd without disconnecting it so this procedure can be done. THis way you have a full functioning windows OS on an external hdd.

here is a link to that guide: http://tubeshards.wordpress.com/2006...osh-usb-drive/
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Parallels makes a virtual disk that is read by the computer as a file. That being said, if you get a virus in you parallels windows session, it will only wreck your parallels session and cannot mess up OSX.


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nukemm is correct. A Windows virus will not harm OS X. So there's no need to remove or disconnect hard drives.


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Remember that viruses, spyware and malware are nothing more than Windows programs. They don't have mythical powers and in the same way a PC program will do nothing if you try to run it on a Mac, Windows viruses will do nothing.
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