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Will I be able to set up Win10 bootcamp with a 3rd party ssd/adapter?

joey grimes

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Aug 24, 2020
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I recently started using my macbook air 2012 11” as my main pc.

Catalina 10.15.6, 64gb apfs oem ssd.

I don’t have enough money to buy something better, it’s running fine but I decided to upgrade the ssd with this adapter:

https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B07NSFY...

and this 1tb internal ssd:

https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B073SB2...

m2 2280

Comments on amazon seem to indicate that this combo works fine for MacOS, and it’s a lot cheaper than OWC/transcend, I know it might not be as compatible but I can’t afford those and it’s not worth it to me to put much money into a laptop this old that big sur will drop soon.

Anyway, I would like to use some of the space for Windows, I thought it would be easy but after ordering I found out there might be problems.

I’ve been told the 4gb ram will make VM not a pleasant experience (it already barely has any available in MacOS, too many apps) so that’s out.

I would like to run boot camp to give it all 4gb of ram but I’ve read and recieved conflicting opinions about whether boot camp will play nice with third party ssds.

One person said it should be ok, another person with much more experience in the matter told me that there will be issues, “macOS works on third-party SSDs, but the Apple SSD drivers used to install Windows will not.”

I just wanted a second opinion of is it worth trying bootcamp with this specific setup and if there are any work arounds I could try if not? Googling people’s problem threads is not very useful because every macbook/MacOs/ssd is different and posts from a few years ago may not be applicable to my computer. thanks.
 
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