Booting to external SSD drive?

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  1. u26055 macrumors newbie

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    Is it possible to boot to an external SSD drive connected via firewire with bootcamp in ML with a year old iMac?
     
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    Thanks, that's what I was hoping to do, boot to Windows from an external drive.

    I will check out that link, thanks!
     
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    That link will not help with Windows though.
     
  5. u26055 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    True, but I was thinking I could then put bootcamp on it & just have that disk with windows on and not my internal SSD in my iMac. Won't make much of a difference, but something to play with.
     
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    Yes, it is possible to boot Windows on an external SSD with a thunderbolt interface, and possibly with a USB-3.0 interface. It is reported that Windows will detect a slower FireWire or USB-2.0 connection and refuse to run as it is deemed to be "too slow".

    There are several threads here showing how and discussing this topic already.

    I am running Windows 8 on a Seagate GoFlex interface to a SSD via thunderbolt on a new iMac.
     
  7. u26055 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'm using the GoFlex connector firewire, but not the Thunderbolt, I'll have to check that out. It's a fair amount more expensive, but I think it would utilize the external drive I have better. I have the previous generation iMac, so I wonder if that will cause problems? I know Googles my friend here.:)

    Thanks for the reply!
     

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