Can I use a virtual Windows when using WinToUSB to make a bootable Windows external SSD?

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  1. AndersMB, Nov 30, 2015
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2015

    AndersMB macrumors newbie


    Nov 30, 2015
    I want to use WinToUSB to transfer Windows 10 to an external SSD I have. I do not have access to a Windows PC, and so I though perhaps I could use VirtualBox to format my SSD and run the WinToUSB program. Will that work?

    Also, since I am unsure about how to do this, could someone provide a short step-by-step keyword guide? I understand I will have to get the Boot Camp drivers to the Windows OS somehow, but I am a bit confused about this.

    I appreciate any input and guidance!


    I have a Windows 8.1 Pro key. Should I download the Windows 10 ISO file, or the Windows 8.1 Pro ISO file and upgrade to Windows 10 once installed?
  2. Gjwilly macrumors 68030

    May 1, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    I found a guide for installing Windows to an external SSD and it did call for using a Virtual Windows but I had a problem getting the VM to see my SSD.
    I ended up using an actual Windows PC but the guide did work for others so it may just have been a problem with my hardware.
    You don't even need WinToUSB because the guide has all the steps that make WinToUSB redundant.

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