|Feb 1, 2013, 06:01 PM||#1|
Win7/8 on an external SSD despite 3TB Fusion Drive
I am about to receive my new 27 iMac, with a 3TB Fusion Drive.
Like many others, I've realized just a few days ago that it was not possible, at this stage, to use Bootcamp on a HDD (Fusion or not) that has a size greater than 2.2 GB...
So I was wondering if it was possible to install Windows 7 on an external SSD (LaCie Rugged 256GB SSD)...
I've read the (brilliant) topic http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1508618, which explains how to install Windows 8 on an External SSD, but I am not sure the process would work with a 3TB Fusion Drive.
Because if I understand correctly (and it's definitely not granted ), you need first to install Bootcamp on the internal drive and then clone it.
Am I mistaken?
Many thanks in advance for your precious hints.
|Feb 1, 2013, 06:45 PM||#2|
On the second page of the topic that you mention, I have put a link to a step by step guide I made to do this.
And you won't have to run bootcamp at all.
I myself have a 3TB fusion drive and I installed Windows 8 on an external thunderbolt drive without impacting my internal drive.
Read the guide here: http://bleeptobleep.blogspot.fr/2013...-external.html
|Feb 1, 2013, 07:00 PM||#3|
Your guide sounds just perfect!
Cant wait to test it!
A huge THANK YOU! I'll keep you posted.
|Feb 1, 2013, 07:16 PM||#4|
I've just started to have a look at your guide. It is really a major contribution to this forum, you should be proud of yourself!
Just a clarification, please:
If I understand correctly, I will have first to install windows through a virtual machine on my internal drive (I have a parallels 7 licence) to be able to operate on the external disk.
In order to keep a totally clean install on my iMac, do you think I could apply steps 1, 2 and 3 of your guide using my MacBookPro?
Because in an ideal world, I would prefer to install parallels on my iMac only once Windows has already been installed on the external SSD, so I can point the Virtual Machine toward the external drive.
I am not sure my explanations are totally clear...
|Feb 1, 2013, 07:22 PM||#5|
Glad you appreciate it
Regarding the VM, this really is up to you. Both will work. Instead of using a VM, you can even use a real PC running Windows 7 or 8. What is important is to be sure that you are running a 64 bits version of Windows, because the bootcamp drivers for your iMac are made for 64 bits versions of Windows..
Then regarding using Parallels to point to the external drive, I don't know if this is possible. I have not tried it. I just run Windows in dual boot with OS X.
|Feb 1, 2013, 07:25 PM||#6|
Because of you, I've just spent 325€ on the Apple Store. Well done!!
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