I have a 2017 Touchbar Macbook Pro, so has 4 USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports.

Rather than running bootcamp and splitting my inbuilt SSD drive into a MacOS partition and a Windows partition, I am considering getting this SATA-to-USB-C combination:

Or simply a direct USB-C drive:

Then to install Windows 10 onto the drive, and boot into it from my Macbook.

Is this possible?

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    The Mac wouldn't mind, but Windows doesn't like booting from external drives. You'd need WinToGo – Tetsujin Apr 13 '18 at 13:55
  • have you tried Windows To Go? – magicandre1981 Apr 21 '18 at 15:59

This is called Windows To Go, but this is officially only supported for Windows 10 Enterprise edition.

If you use the normal Windows 10 Home or Pro edition, setup a Windows 10 VM (if you are on Mac) and use Rufus to create a Windows To Go drive:

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Now boot from that SSD connected via USB(-c) and use Windows.

  • Great thank you! I am wondering though... whether or not the sata to usb-c connection will treat the drive more as an internal drive than a usb drive. If not, fair enough. – balupton Apr 13 '18 at 17:44
  • I don't have an USB-C cable/enclosure, but normal USB3 one and drive and it is found as USB device. – magicandre1981 Apr 14 '18 at 6:29

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