External drive for Windows 10?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Aditya_S, Jun 3, 2017.

  1. Aditya_S macrumors 6502

    Jan 25, 2016
    I ordered a MacBook Pro but it only has 256GB of storage on it. I don't want to waste space so is it possible to use BootCamp and install Windows 10 on an external SSD?
  2. MichaelDT macrumors regular

    Aug 18, 2012
  3. Chocomonsters macrumors regular

    May 22, 2007
    Yes. You can install Win 10 directly to ext SSD without using BootCamp. You do need to install BootCamp drivers after Win 10 installation. Not using BootCamp to install Win 10 allows you to configure your partition layout as Windows recommended partition layout (EFI system partition - Microsoft reserved partition - Windows partition - Recovery tools partition). There are many external drive installation instruction on MacRumors. I would suggest you use VM method rather than USBkey method.

    I would suggest not using USB 3 enclosure. Try to use USB 3.1 gen 2 enclosure. This will allow full 10Gbps speed rather than old USB 3's 5 Gbps speed.

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