external boot drive

  1. Rageworks

    Booting Windows 10 from an external SSD

    Hello, I recently purchased an external SSD so I can install Boot Camp on it and play my Windows games. I can't install Boot Camp on my Macbook because there is not enough space. I've seen some guides on how to do this and thought it should be a smooth sail, oh boy was I wrong... I followed...
  2. S

    Prohibitory symbol on boot with new Samsung 860 Evo SSD in 21.5" iMac Mid 2011

    Hello all, I recently bought a 500 GB Samsung 860 EVO 2.5” form factor SSD to swap it out with the primary HDD in a mid 2011 21.5” iMac. Problem is, the computer doesn’t boot (shows a prohibitory sign) whenever the 860 is inside the chassis and connected to the motherboard through SATA, however...
  3. NoahLearned

    Bootcamp restricting to 50% RAM

    Hello, I have a 2018 macbook pro 13" w/ core i5, 16gb RAM, and am running bootcamp on it. I have my windows 10 home installed on an external samsung 1tb t5 SSD, which is a thunderbolt 3 capable drive. I also run an external gtx 1080 for rendering and gaming. The issue I am experiencing is...
  4. iPapa

    MM 2018: macOS/Windows on internal or externals

    Greetings, I've retired my Mac Pro 3,1. And now the time has come to retire my Mac Pro 4,1 (flashed to 5,1). Doh. But behold, I'm getting a Mac mini 2018 (i7). Yay. Grabbing minimum amount of RAM so I can max it out much cheaper by myself. I'm also getting an eGPU. Meanwhile I'm probably making...
  5. sayhitokyle

    Potential for running Windows 10 on 2019 MacBook Air?

    Hi, I know there are myriad threads on here about the benefits / drawbacks of different methods of running Windows 10 on a Mac but very few of them relate to the newest models so I’m hoping someone can help. I’m considering purchasing a new MacBook Air to update from my incredibly old Mac...
  6. Instabile

    OS on external SSD - iMac 2013

    Hello guys! Thank you very much for this amazing forum! I have an iMac (27-inch, Late 2013) with USB 3.0 (link for specs below). I thought that I could install MacOS and Linux on an external and fast SSD. I would avoid to open the iMac, and honestly I was getting impatience because I cannot...
  7. J

    Clone 1tb macOS High Sierra HDD

    I recently sought the advice of these forums on the best hardware to enable my 2012 iMac to boot from an external SSD. I settled on a 1tb SSD and a USB3 enclosure. Some background info on my current system: OS: High Sierra 10.13.6 HD: 1tb HDD (Mac OS Extended - Journaled) I've consolidated...
  8. plasticbag01

    External Bootable SSD Late 2015 iMac

    Hi All, I'm looking to buy an external SSD and make it bootable for my late 2015 iMac. I'm open to any suggestions, but I'm thinking of this as a single dedicated drive (I don't need multidrive units). It's a 5k display, with USB 3 and Thunderbolt 2 ports. I'm looking for the fastest option...
  9. Skeptical.me

    2017 iMac External SSD Boot Drive & Time Machine

    Hi, I have a new 2017 iMac 27" 5K 3.5Ghz 1TB Fusion drive. I added a 500GB M.2 SSD in a USB-C to USB-C External Housing as the the boot drive. It's certainly made a difference in performance. However, the Fusion Drive has a Windows 10 partition (Boot Camp) and 750GB of free space. I am just...
  10. C

    External SSD on Thunderbolt 1

    Hi, I have a 21.5”, Mid 2011 iMac running High Sierra. I would like to lengthen the life of the machine, so I was thinking of hooking up an external SSD to its thunderbolt 1 port. Ideally this external SSD would also be bus-powered. The plan is to put the OS and all my apps onto this SSD (if...
  11. Heliotropen

    Upgrading to Mojave on External SSD (HFS+)

    Heeelp :-) I'm booting from an external SSD over thunderbolt ... (the internal SSD was fried a long time ago). As of such the drive right now is formated to HFS+ NOT APFS ... It runs amayzingly with High Sierra this way ... but obviously I want to upgrade to Mojave. Is there any ways I...
  12. ACF7

    Help with transferring data from a Bootcamp Partition to a new SSD?

    I bought a new SSD and did a clean install of Windows on it and I'm trying to transfer my data now. I've tried AOMEI Backupper and EaseUS Todo Backup, but I could only select the new SSD as the source. Can anyone here help me with this?
  13. J

    Mac mini no longer booting from external HD

    Need help. Mac mini 2011, internal HD failed, have been running it with external hd with Mac OSX loaded on it, has been running great but last 2 days I've tried to start up with no success. Stays on gray apple page, and what used to be a fast progression bar is now very slow to progress, and...
  14. jandrocamus

    Booting from external hard drive Macbook Pro 2017. Is it a good idea?

    I own a 2012 macbook pro and recently got a 2017 macbook pro from my family with only 128G hard drive. I am planning to take my old macbook's 500G SSD hard drive and always boot from there on the new 2017 macbook. I'd be using this enclosure/cable. Is this a good idea? Would I be running into...
  15. C

    Recommendations needed for USB 3.0/Thunderbolt enclosure for external 250GB SSD for iMac.

    AS per the title, anyone got any recommendations as to decent external enclosures for a 250GB SSD that I am planning to use on my iMac as a boot drive? I was very surprised to see that the enclosure can have a significant impact on the transfer speeds as I thought it would be simply a SATA and...
  16. M

    External boot drive for MacBook Pro AND Mac Pro

    Is there any way of creating one external SSD drive, for external booting of BOTH and Mac Pro & a MacBook Pro? (at different time) - Both currently on High Sierra.
  17. andrei_c

    What thunderbolt 2 bootable SSD raid 0 bootable enclosure for iMac

    I have a iMac 27, 3.4 late 2013 standard model and I want to make it better by booting from an external SSD disk via TB2. Now SSD speeds of 500MB/s would be ok but if it would be possible I would like using something like RAID 0 in order to get higher speeds (or maybe you know other solutions...
  18. N

    Virus on host notebook from external ssd?

    Hello, I was wondering about getting an external SSD to boot macOS 10.12 from. I mean basically using my MBP as a host that shares all the hardware but the storage with the external SSD. My question is, if I get a virus on the SSD, will it affect the MPB even when booted on the soldered apple...
  19. H

    OSX crash during iMovie export

    I have a strange problem. When I want to export my most recent project from iMovie to iTunes, the process stops and forces a reboot of the computer. If I export to a movie file, iMovie crashes. Each time. Now the funny part. I run OSX El Capitan 10.11.6 from external SSD on a 2012 basic Mac...
  20. H

    iMovie project export problem

    I have a strange problem. When I want to export my most recent project from iMovie to iTunes, the process stops and forces a reboot of the computer. If I export to a movie file, iMovie crashes. Each time. Now the funny part. I run OSX El Capitan 10.11.6 from external SSD on a 2012 basic Mac...