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Old Jan 4, 2013, 12:30 AM   #1
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Booting to external SSD drive?

Is it possible to boot to an external SSD drive connected via firewire with bootcamp in ML with a year old iMac?
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Old Jan 4, 2013, 12:37 AM   #2
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In other words, you ask, if it is possible to boot Windows from an external SSD? If so, sadly no. Maybe there is a workaround though.

As for booting Mac OS X (be it Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion or OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion from an external SSD or HDD, then yes, that is possible.
How to format a new HDD/SSD to install Mac OS X onto (or make a bootable copy onto)
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Old Jan 6, 2013, 01:14 PM   #3
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Thanks, that's what I was hoping to do, boot to Windows from an external drive.

I will check out that link, thanks!
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Old Jan 6, 2013, 01:21 PM   #4
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Thanks, that's what I was hoping to do, boot to Windows from an external drive.

I will check out that link, thanks!
That link will not help with Windows though.
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Old Jan 6, 2013, 10:58 PM   #5
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True, but I was thinking I could then put bootcamp on it & just have that disk with windows on and not my internal SSD in my iMac. Won't make much of a difference, but something to play with.
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Old Jan 7, 2013, 02:44 PM   #6
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Yes, it is possible to boot Windows on an external SSD with a thunderbolt interface, and possibly with a USB-3.0 interface. It is reported that Windows will detect a slower FireWire or USB-2.0 connection and refuse to run as it is deemed to be "too slow".

There are several threads here showing how and discussing this topic already.

I am running Windows 8 on a Seagate GoFlex interface to a SSD via thunderbolt on a new iMac.
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Old Jan 12, 2013, 09:55 AM   #7
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I'm using the GoFlex connector firewire, but not the Thunderbolt, I'll have to check that out. It's a fair amount more expensive, but I think it would utilize the external drive I have better. I have the previous generation iMac, so I wonder if that will cause problems? I know Googles my friend here.

Thanks for the reply!
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