External SSD for bootcamp - which option?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Xeleon, Nov 19, 2013.

  1. Xeleon macrumors newbie

    Nov 10, 2013
    Hi !

    I'm about to purchase an external SSD/HDD for my new iMac 27' (late 2013) to use with boot camp connected with a thunderbolt. The primary purpose of this bootcamp will be to play windows games such as BF4 + COD:Ghost + those high end games to be released. However, I'm inbetween two difference choices.

    1. Samsung Electronics 840 Pro Series 2.5-Inch 256 GB SATA 6GB/s Solid State Drive MZ-7PD256BW.

    - Correct me if I'm wrong: This one has to be setup with a SSD dock in order to connect it externally, right? If so, which dock would you recommend me to purchase in order to connect it to my thunderbolt port? (PRICE: 2145$ + dock?)


    2. LaCie 256GB Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series SSD Hard Drive

    - An external SSD with Thunderbolt (PRICE: 350$)


    3. LaCie 1TB Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series Hard Drive

    - An external HDD with thunderbolt (PRICE: 200$)


    Now to the questions:

    - Will the performance in terms of FPS etc. be significantly affected by running an external SSD above a HDD?
    - Which will perform best in terms of value?
    - Is there anything I should pay attention or be aware of when deciding to go with such solution for boot camp?

    All help will be greatly appreciated!
    Thanks in advance! :)

    - X
  2. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    Bootcamp is not supported on an external drive.
  3. Xeleon thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 10, 2013
  4. KeegM480 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 13, 2013
    Orlando, FL
    It is you just have to go around the boot camp installer :)
  5. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    It may work, but it's not supported and who knows what an update to OS X and Bootcamp may do.

    It may work, but it's not supported.
  6. phrehdd macrumors 68040


    Oct 25, 2008
    I have never done this but wonder if it would work -

    Clone a full OSX onto an external. Boot up the external drive and then go through the boot camp process making all the considerations for it to be the main OS to be used.

    After testing, set the bootcamp as the first OS to be booted up when the external drive is selected.

    What one does is keep OSX on the internal drive, use a proper bootable OSX/Bootcamp external drive to handle bootcamp. I know there is some space lost but it seems to be a rather simple possible solution.

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