Put Bootcamp on PARTITION of External SSD

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by MikeArtworks, Aug 1, 2017.

  1. MikeArtworks macrumors regular

    Jun 1, 2015

    my iMac with 2tb fusion will arrive tomorrow. I want to put windows (bootcamp) on the external samsung T3 I'll be getting. However, I'd like half of the 512 gb it has to be able to store files for Mac (Photoshop files will be put on it, as its faster than the internal HDD).

    Is it possible to put bootcamp on half of the T3, and have the rest for normal storage?

    Please explain me how a bit, as I could not find this.

    AND, do you guys think the T3 is faster than the HDD of the fusion drive? Please do not tell me that internal SSD is faster, I know that. No need for it though.


    - Mike
  2. Luxtrau macrumors member

    Jun 16, 2017
    I'm not sure, but I guess that Win 10 can't be installed on an external drive via Bootcamp (It tells you "Windows can't be installed on external drives" Blabla). You have to figure out another way of installing and I can tell you it can be hard. :D I fought with Bootcamp many times.

    Your idea with using a partition isn't the real problem, this should be possible. But as I said, the problem is that your drive will be external.
  3. HeatherA macrumors 6502


    Jan 31, 2009
    I am running Win10 on an external TB drive (not SSD) and it's a bootable bootcamp installation. Can't remember how I set it up but I found the info on Google if I remember correctly.
  4. cormo` macrumors member


    Jan 7, 2013
    It is no problem to run Windows 10 on an external drive. I put it on an 250GB USB3 SSD and it works like a charm.

    There are several manuals, i found one on stackecxchange after 2 minutes of google. You just have to do some steps with formating and extracting the windows files from an ISO. I think it was this guide in the second post https://tinyurl.com/yclm47ef

    All in all its no big thing, just remember to create a second partition for your data :)
  5. rjsounds macrumors member


    Jul 3, 2017
    I also plan to do this when my new 27" iMac arrives. I only intend to use bootcamp for games that don't run on Mac, so I think a 250GB SSD will be all I'll need. Is there an SSD you can recommend for this purpose? Also, thanks for the link. I'll check it out on my lunch break.

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