Bootcamp and Thunderbolt Devices

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by jday7757, Aug 5, 2015.

  1. jday7757 macrumors member

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    I've been using Parallels 10 for a few Windows programs since I got my retina iMac back in December. With the release of Windows 10, I decided to try bootcamp for the first time. After many attempts and trial and error on procedures (simply using Bootcamp Assistant did not work), I was able to get Windows 10 installed and running. My problem is that apparently, bootcamp does not recognize external thunderbolt drives. I knew I had to install bootcamp on the internal SSD, but was surprised to learn that I couldn't use my external RAID for storage under Windows. If I am wrong on that point and someone can tell me how to make that work, I'd love to hear it.

    However, that is not my main issue/concern. I made the Windows partition large enough that I can live with only using the internal SSD for storage of my Windows apps/files. However, my iMac will not even boot into Windows if the thunderbolt drive is connected. I can get to the boot choice screen, but after selecting Windows, I just get a black screen followed by a black screen with blinking cursor. If I want to run Windows, I have to actually shut off my computer and disconnect the thunderbolt drives and then turn on and boot into Windows. Has anyone else had a problem like this? If so, were you able to overcome it and be able to boot into Windows without disconnecting thunderbolt devices? Of course, if so, could you explain how you did it? Thanks.
     
  2. Shirasaki macrumors 603

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    Although unfortunately I cannot help you in this issue, Apple support sites suggest user disconnect all thunderbolt devices when installing windows using boot camp. I bet apple does know there would be an issue, although, if they try to solve this or leave it behind, would be a myth.

    In fact, I even need to disconnect everything except mouse and keyboard (if I have) before starting installation of windows 10 on my Macbook Air.
     
  3. hojx macrumors 6502

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    Is the blinking cursor the Mac/OS X cursor or is it the Windows cursor?
     
  4. jday7757 thread starter macrumors member

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    It is a short white (underscore) line in the upper left corner.
     
  5. hojx macrumors 6502

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    It sounds like it has booted into BIOS but it attempted to boot from your external device…

    As soon as you select Windows, try pressing F8 (or Fn+F8) like any other Windows PC for boot options.
     
  6. jday7757 thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes, I had to basically disconnect everything connected to my iMac to get Windows installed. My current problem is that now that Windows is installed via bootcamp, I still have to disconnect devices before booting into Windows.
     
  7. Shirasaki macrumors 603

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    And what's worse, you even cannot use those devices after your Windows is running.
     
  8. jday7757 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for all the replies. After confirming I cannot use the connected thunderbolt drives even for files/storage after Windows is running, I've decided to delete the bootcamp partition and just go back to using Parallels for my Windows usage.
     
  9. hojx macrumors 6502

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    Check out this Apple Support article:

    https://support.apple.com/HT203733
     

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