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Old Nov 7, 2012, 11:35 AM   #1
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Bootcamp and an external SSD, options

I dual boot nearly every day and use my OS X side for work and Bootcamp with Windoz 7 for gaming. I'm planning on picking up the new 27" and want to know if it's possible to 1) have the Bootcamp/W7 partition on an external SSD, 2) still get top performance, and 3) which to use, TB or USB3, and finally, 4) what can I expect this to cost?

Thanks, I appreciae any input.
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Old Nov 7, 2012, 02:59 PM   #2
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I'm sorry to disappoint you..

Couple of weeks ago I had the same idea, went online for a nice new Seagate GoFlex Adapter to use it as an external TB drive - great piece of tech I have to say.
Anyway, as I tried to setup a partition I had to realise that external devices are not supported for bootcamp It doesn't show up for partitioning.
I then went on to search the net and came across dozens of questions about external bootcamp settings.. in the apple discussion forums - none with a happy ending ;-(

I kept the GoFlex for the future.. never give up hope

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Old Nov 7, 2012, 03:05 PM   #3
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It even looks like bootcamping the fusion drive will be a hassle too.

I plan on just dealing with the 1tb harddrive or hoping they have a 256gb ssd option.
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It even looks like bootcamping the fusion drive will be a hassle too.

I plan on just dealing with the 1tb harddrive or hoping they have a 256gb ssd option.
Shouldn't be a hassle ... Apple says it will install on the hard drive with BootCamp.

With a bit of creative work, you can put it on the SSD too, but you will want something larger than the base 128GB. I am running that way now on a Mac Mini.
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Old Nov 7, 2012, 03:44 PM   #5
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Thanks BastiFH, I figured that was the case but was hoping anyway.

I think I'll skip the Fusion drive, I'll spend the $$ on the larger drive instead, I don't really need it for the work I do and for gaming I don't think I'd have really noticed that much of a difference anyway.
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Old Nov 7, 2012, 08:32 PM   #6
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I'm sorry to disappoint you..
Anyway, as I tried to setup a partition I had to realise that external devices are not supported for bootcamp It doesn't show up for partitioning.
I then went on to search the net and came across dozens of questions about external bootcamp settings.. in the apple discussion forums - none with a happy ending ;-(

I kept the GoFlex for the future.. never give up hope
Have you seen this thread?

Technically you still need a partition on your internal drive, but hopefully its small size is a reasonable compromise for you.
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Old Nov 8, 2012, 10:31 AM   #7
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I've just boot camped my Thunderbolt SSD.

Was fairly simple, just time consuming.

Used WinClone to clone my current Boot Camp.

Booted into OS X on the SSD, then formatted the internal drive.

Partitioned the SSD for Boot Camp

Used Winclone to put Win7 back on
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Old Nov 8, 2012, 05:19 PM   #8
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There is no need to even use bootcamp for anything else other then drivers if its a external or separate drive. Google rEFIt and it should be the answer to your question.
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