Booting my 750 GB HDD on a MacBook Pro Retina
I purchased a MacBook Pro 15" in early 2012. I was extremely satisfied with the performance till one day it didn't switch on. I had that checked and was told that there was an issue with the motherboard which was caused due to moisture and it needed to be repaired (On turning the system on, a light grey screen appeared displaying the apple logo and lines around it, and nothing loaded further).
The 750 GB hard drive disk was taken out and put in a hard case and I plugged it into an iMac and booted my hard drive through that. While this was a temporary solution and I was hoping to get my laptop back up and running, it was returned to me in the same state as the motherboard could not get repaired. I am therefore wondering what to do next. Replacing a motherboard costs quite a bit and apparently there's only a 3 month warranty on that. I need a laptop as I travel often.
The 15" doesn't quite fit my budget. I have been contemplating on buying either the 13" Macbook Pro with Retina Display with a flash storage of 256 GB or the 512 GB one. I mainly use my laptop for work - Emails (Thunderbird), Skype, MS Office, Adobe Bridge, Photoshop, Illustrator. I often work with pictures and graphics on Photoshop and have many heavy raw files on my hard drive. I use dropbox to store some files that I access often and share with others. Yet, I am using 580 GB+ of my hard drive space. The space on the new MacBook Pros seems really less for the price one has to pay!
I would be extremely happy if someone could advise me on whether I can boot my old 750 GB hard drive through the MacBook Pro with 256 GB flash storage. All my applications ran slower on the iMac that I used (which is a very old model) and I was wondering whether that is only to do with the processor or also to do with the fact that 750 GB was being booted through an iMac of approx 256 GB internal storage. If this works without harming either of the two (my old hard drive and the new system) then I would like to boot my old hard drive to work with my heavy raw files etc. and boot my internal drive when I have regular work with MS office etc. only and when I am traveling. It will be like working on two separate systems but at least I would be able to accommodate my files.
Here are my two apprehensions about this:
- I am afraid that carrying the hard drive around might lead to some damage as it is not as secure as as inbuilt storage
- The new MacBook that I purchase might get damaged if I switch between two operating systems every other day. Even if I don't boot the old hard drive and use it as any other external hard drive and only access the files using the new laptop (which is a way more complicated option), the speed of the new laptop may not be the same as Apple has moved way from the HDD to the flash drive
I hope someone can advise me on this!
Is this a good question?