Boot Windows 7 from USB 3.0 flash memory ?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by BYourLord, Aug 27, 2012.

  1. BYourLord, Aug 27, 2012
    Last edited: Aug 27, 2012

    BYourLord macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I'm going to buy the new MBA 13" 128Gb but as you know, 128Gb is not enough if we want to install lot of stuff. I probably want to install W7 on it, but bootcamp will use about 30Go ( 25% of total capacity ).

    My question is: Can I install Windows on my Usb 3.0 flash memory ( Patriot Rage XT ) as it has great performances, and run it directly from the usb memory without using internal ssd ?


    Thanks ( and sorry for my bad english i'm french :D )
     
  2. Mikewh macrumors member

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    windows 7 will not install on USB media to run directly from media. your best bet is thunderbolt media
     
  3. BYourLord thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks,

    Ok but if a make a very small partition for windows ( about 20gb ) can I install all apps/games in my USB 3.0 Flash drive ?

    20Gb is enough for my case or not ? Because I don't want install anything on this partition all stuff will be installed on my flash memory.
     
  4. tdar macrumors 6502a

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    That should work. Due to Apple not supporting the full EFI boot standard you can not boot a windows install from a USB device. But after windows is running, it would see a USB device as a drive so Apps could be loaded there IF the performance is high enough. As you have USB 3, I would think that would be OK. As noted a Thunderbolt HD would be the best way.
     

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