Windows 8.1 for gaming on EHD

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  1. cclloyd macrumors 68000

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    A few questions.

    1. Can I install Windows 8/8.1 to an external USB3 hard drive and boot from it?

    2. Will it run just fine for games as if it were on my internal drive?

    3. Is there a way that, if I wanted, could make Windows read and write to my mac drive for storage there, since I cannot partition it (It won't let me partition)?
     
  2. m98custom1212 macrumors 6502

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    Answer in Bold
     
  3. cclloyd thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Damn. So if I can't partition my drive cause it says I need to repair it (Which I have in recovery), I should just bring it to Apple?
     
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  5. cclloyd thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I cannot partition my internal drive. I want to add a partition for Windows.
     
  6. m98custom1212 macrumors 6502

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    Use bootcamp assistant
     
  7. cclloyd thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I tried. It was when that failed that I went to disk utility.
     
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    ...there's this. I have no idea how well it works, though. If it's able to identify your hardware and install drivers, it could work fine for games. If not? Well...

    ...it's worth an experiment.

    Alternately (and I have no idea if this'll work at all, I'm going on theory for this one), you could install Windows 8 as usual, get all your drivers installed and everything set up to taste, download, install, and boot off a partition editor like GParted, then clone your entire Windows partition to your USB HDD. Doing this with a bootcamp installation makes an already fuzzy situation even more fuzzy though, since I have no idea if uses Windows usual MBR or not.

    It's a lot of hoops, but you may be able to do it with a little work and a helluva lot of luck.
     
  9. m98custom1212 macrumors 6502

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    Did you make an usb to boot from? Do you have an iso file?
     
  10. cclloyd thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I have an ISO, but I can't make the partition to install windows.
     
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    I have tried this using the Windows To Go setup (windows that is intended to be run from USB) with 8.1 RTM. Unfortunately, I get an error stating setup is not able to configure for the hardware (retina 13) - or something similar. The same USB disk works fine on my business HP laptop.
     
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    Idk if you want the trouble but you could do a clean install and make the partitions in disk utility before installing osx then do the windows install
     
  13. zwaldowski macrumors member

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    Windows 8 To Go works off a USB external drive, but only in BIOS mode, not EFI.
     
  14. whiteonline macrumors 6502

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    Looking forward to the how-to on that. ;)
    Seriously, I am. Do it.
     

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