Retina MacBook Pro - I want to run Windows from external drive

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Starfox, Jul 16, 2012.

  1. Starfox macrumors regular

    Apr 7, 2011
    Preemptive: Do not tell me about virtualization. I know all about it and I can't use it due to my needs. I need direct hardware access to the GPU.

    Just like the title says, is there any way (official or not) to run Windows (7 or 8) on the Retina MacBook Pro from an external drive?
  2. Trey M macrumors 6502a

    Trey M

    Jul 25, 2011
    Would you not just be able to insert an install disc and point the install app to the external in the directory? Usually I'm presented with the option and people do run OS's off externals so I think that's all you would have to do
  3. Starfox thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 7, 2011
  4. Auzburner macrumors 65816


    Apr 11, 2008
    Syracuse, NY - USA
    It appears to be possible.


    Make sure you have a fast external drive. Buy a thunderbolt drive for the fastest experience or at least USB 3. You should search around the internet for a good how-to, it's likely someone built one.

    It's not officially supported, but may be possible.

    Unfortunately, with visualization this is a breeze.
  5. Interstella5555 macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
    Seems pretty simple to me


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