run parallels/windows from an external hard drive?
I just installed Parallels 3 with Windows XP on my MBP, but the HD is running out of space. I would like to be able to store all of the Windows files/Windows itself on my external HD and run parallels through that. Is this possible?
Also, my ext. HD is currently formated for FAT 32, and the current size of the windows file is approx. 5 GB and therefore won't transfer. I was going to partition and reformat the drive, but I'm curious as to which format I would need to make the partition I'm going to put windows on. Will the "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)" work, or will windows not be able to write files on it (or is that done through parallels and therefore not a problem–which is my guess)?
Steps for setting up Windows, Linux on an external drive?
Great post. It answers many questions I had in terms of my desire to run Windows, and Linux on an external drive as I need it.
I am trying to understand if using an external drive is the way to go, given what I am trying to do. And I am looking for a step by step on how to set that up. Briefly, here is my situation:
- I will never run Windows for any length of time; only brief bursts here and there to demo something.
- I teach digital storytelling and simply want to show an audience that much of what you can do in iMovie can also be done in MovieMaker; so, all I want to do occasionally is hop into Windows (or Linux, if possible) to demo something; otherwise, I will not be using Windows.
- I would like to do the same with Linux if possible, though this is less important.
- I would like to have both XP and Windows 7 available if possible.
- I have the latest MacBook Pro, and bought a LaCie external drive with 500 gigs and Firewire 400/800 capabilities (as well as USB, which I assume I would not use if I have Firewire)
A few questions:
- Based on this information, my more technical friends have advised me not to partition my hard drive on my Mac, but instead simply to use an external drive. Do you agree?
- Is there a step-by-step sheet that will show me how to set this up?
- Also, is there any problem if I simply don't plug in my external hard drive with Windows on it? I won't need it 99% of the time?
Thank you for your advice.
clarifying "virtual hard disk" size
This is most helpful.
Just making sure I understand something you said. You said, "The virtual machine's virtual hard disk will expand to it's maximum size as you add files and apps to it." This would seem to suggest that I am setting up a quasi-partition; perhaps not actually slicing up my hard drive, but setting a limit on how much room I need to reserve for each OS. If this is true, and I specify, say, 40 gigs, and use only 20 gigs, is the other 20 inaccessible for other things?
Loading windows on thumb or external usb drive
I have very little space on my hard drive - 1 gig.
Can I load parallels on my hard drive, than load windows xp on my usb?