Bootcamp and external USB 3.0 drive

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by zaius55, Jun 30, 2014.

  1. zaius55 macrumors newbie

    Jun 21, 2014
    Is it possible to use bootcamp to install Windows 7 on an external USB 3.0 drive? I bought a USAP enclosure recommended here (works great on the mac mini) and would like to put windows 7 on a different drive and boot windows 7 from bootcamp. I have a 15 Retina with the 650m card.

  2. Freyqq, Jun 30, 2014
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2014

    Freyqq macrumors 601

    Dec 13, 2004
    Windows 8 Enterprise only. Windows 7 does not support boot from USB. Thunderbolt hard drives might work, as it is on the PCIe bus just like the internal SSD.
  3. zaius55 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 21, 2014
    Well I tried to install directly from the DVD and it says windows 8 cannot be installed on an external drive. Can you point me to some tutorials on how to accomplish this?


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