Win7/8 on an external SSD despite 3TB Fusion Drive

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by DaDuke, Feb 1, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    Hi everyone,

    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 :D), 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.

    Cheers
     
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  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Wow!!!!!!!!!

    Your guide sounds just perfect!

    Cant wait to test it!

    A huge THANK YOU! I'll keep you posted.
     
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    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! :apple::apple:

    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... :eek::eek::eek:
     
  5. macrumors member

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    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.
     
  6. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    OK, I'll try to follow your process using my MBP, in order to keep the iMac "clean".

    Because of you, I've just spent 325€ on the Apple Store. Well done!! :D
     
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  9. macrumors member

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    Cool :) have you tried linking it to Parallels like you wanted? I have no idea if this is possible or not.
     

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