Nvme Boot Camp on 5,1

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by LEOMODE, Nov 6, 2017.

  1. LEOMODE macrumors regular

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    hi guys

    I have a 2010 Mac Pro.
    Can I buy a blade SSD NVME Samsung, and install both Mac OS and Boot Camp, and boot Boot Camp up like if I had these OS in my regular hard drice slot?

    What else do i need to do that other than blade ssd itself?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. h9826790 macrumors 604

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    Sure it's impossible to do that "natively".

    The 5,1's firmware do not support NVMe. Therefore, you can't even boot MacOS from a NVMe SSD without boot redirect (assist from another bootable device).

    Windows is even worse. It cannot be booted from any "external" drive natively. And a PCIe SSD will be detected as an external on a cMP.

    If you want to install both OS on the same SSD, then it will be even more challenging. And greatly increase the chance of screw up something.

    Anyway, there is almost no benefit to boot from a NVMe SSD. NVMe is powerful for almost everything, but if just consider running as an OS drive. It's performance is more or less the same as an SATA SSD. So, I personally believe it's not that worth to figure out how to pass these hurdles unless you want to enjoy the process.
     
  3. LEOMODE thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the answer. So I will just use SATA 2 for regular 2.5" SSD.
     
  4. ActionableMango macrumors 604

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    Is that still true? I thought it changed with Windows 10 now being able to boot from an external drive.
     
  5. h9826790 macrumors 604

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    It can, but AFAIK, not really that "native". It seems require some work around. But I am not sure if it's changed in the latest Windows update.
     

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