Bootcamp and an external SSD, options

Discussion in 'iMac' started by FuriousGreg, Nov 7, 2012.

  1. macrumors member

    Nov 11, 2011
    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.
  2. BastiFH, Nov 7, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2012

    macrumors newbie

    Nov 7, 2012
    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 :D
  3. macrumors 65816

    May 25, 2012
    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.
  4. hfg
    macrumors 68040


    Dec 1, 2006
    Cedar Rapids, IA. USA
    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.
  5. thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 11, 2011
    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.
  6. macrumors member

    Jun 7, 2011
    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.
  7. macrumors member

    Jun 7, 2012
    London, UK
    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
  8. macrumors 6502

    Oct 3, 2010
    Maryland US
    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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