Macos Bootcamp External Drive

  

It's absolutely possible to run BootCamp from an External Drive (ie: windows installed on an USB drive) The windows installation program refuses to install itself to an external USB Drive. That's not a problem, there's a way to install windows installation files on an external USB drive, and once booted from it, Windows will finish to install.

  1. Instead, you can share files between your operating systems via an external drive. Just plug that drive into your Mac, copy files to it, and use it as a neutral, shared storage location. Most removable drives — whether they’re USB sticks or larger external drives in enclosures — will be formatted with the FAT32 file system.
  2. Jul 28, 2019 So I thought, perhaps I’ll put in a new hard drive that I had in another old laptop and install Windows 10 on it. Apple’s recommended way is to do all this from macOS, using their own Bootcamp setup. However, being the hacker that I am, I thought perhaps I’ll try the “Windows Only” experience.
  3. Bootcamp Windows on External SSD. You can indeed put Bootcamp Windows on an external SSD. I discovered this by searched for that sentence on Google (or roughly that). The how-to guy from 9-to-5 Mac has full directions on You Tube. And the only cost seems to be Windows - this one's about 10 Pro- and the use of VMWare and a piece of freeware.
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  1. A 2GB or larger USB flash drive: The flash drive is used as a bootable Ubuntu installer that contains not only the basic installer but also a live version of Ubuntu. This version can run directly from the USB flash drive without modifying anything on your Mac. It is a great way to test whether your Mac and Ubuntu can get along.
  2. If you have already installed Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, or Windows 7 on your Mac using Boot Camp, you can set Parallels Desktop to run Windows from the Boot Camp Partition or import Windows and your data from Boot Camp into Parallels Desktop as a new virtual machine.
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At the Drive Properties window, select your USB drive in the Device field, if it's not already selected. Click the Select button next to the Boot selection field and select your Windows 10 ISO file. Now, import DMG file and click Burn button to burn macOS dmg file to USB drive. Lastly, plug the USB drive into Mac and press Option key to select the drive from startup menu. From there, you can start installing macOS from bootable USB drive. My Testing Environment: Windows 10 Home/SanDisk USB 3.0 64G/macOS Mojave & Catalina DMG File.

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This page explains how to create a bootable USB stick in a Linux System. There are dedicated articles about how to Create a Live USB stick using Windows™ and Create a Live USB stick using macOS

Version: 12.2+This applies to openSUSE 12.2 and later.

Warning: The instructions on this page will destroy all data currently on the USB stick being used. Please be certain it does not contain important information.
Warning: Do not try to apply procedures found on the internet for other distributions to convert the images into bootable sticks (unetbootin). Doing that will break the images. The openSUSE images are already prepared for being used directly on usb sticks, and can persist filesystem changes without further steps.
  • 3Using SUSE Studio Image Writer
  • 5Using commandline tools
  • 6Optional steps
  • 7Troubleshooting

Download the latest openSUSE ISO file

See http://download.opensuse.org/distribution/leap/ as of Nov 2019, this repo keep all the Leap versions (since 42.2 to 15.2), following the links lead to a repo 'live' with live isos.

Official URL: http://software.opensuse.org/

Backup your USB drive

You could, if you prefer, make a backup image of the stick prior to using it for installation, with dd, and recover it after the installation. [Detailed instructions needed]

Using SUSE Studio Image Writer

These a general instructions to write an hybrid iso dvd to an usb device.

Install ImageWriter for openSUSE

Install SUSE Imagewriter with 1-Click Install

For openSUSE 15.1:

For openSUSE 15.0:

For openSUSE Leap 42.3:

For openSUSE Tumbleweed:

Or you can use this command as a root to install Imagewriter.

Write ISO to USB

  • Start SUSE Studio Imagewriter from the start menu.
  • The image writer needs root permissions. So enter the password for root when prompted.


  • Open a file manager application.
  • Navigate in the file manager to the downloaded ISO file.


  • Drag&Drop it to the Imagewriter.


  • Plug your USB memory device in your computer.
  • Select it from the dropdown menu at the bottom corner of Imagewriter.


Confirm overwriting your data on the USB device by clicking OK.


Writing the data takes a few minutes. After that your openSUSE bootable USB device is ready!

Using live-fat-stick, live-grub-stick, live-usb-gui (Command line or GUI way)

Boot Macos From Usb Drive

If you'd rather not reformat the USB device and keep the ability of putting files on it and accessible by other operating systems, you have the option of using the live-fat-stick or live-fat-stick scripts from command line or live-usb-gui point and click graphical interface. You can put ISO on vfat partitioned USB stick or hard disk.

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On openSUSE you can install the packages simply via yast (Leap 15.1) or via 1-click from here live-fat-stick, live-grub-stick and live-usb-gui, if you are running any other distribution, get the scripts from here and make it executable(as root, with chmod +x /usr/bin/live-fat-stick) after copying it to /usr/bin/, make sure you have syslinux and gpart installed before running it.

Run the following as root (with su -, not using sudo) in terminal to get the USB device path:

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Run the following to make USB stick with vfat(fat32) partition bootable with iso copied on it:

# live-fat-stick --suse /path/to/openSUSE-filename.iso /dev/sdXY

To make USB device bootable with EFI(Secure boot capabilities) wiping all data from it, run:

# live-fat-stick --isohybrid /path/to/openSUSE-filename.iso /dev/sdX

For more help, run:

Use live-grub-stick command in place of live-fat-stick as shown in above examples if you wish to create bootable usb sticks formatted in any file systems supported by grub2, for example you can use ext3/ntfs formatted stick to create bootable USB from standard openSUSE installation iso, this allows the use of remaining space for putting other iso images or data.

Multiple iso images from multiple distributions can be added to the USB device with vfat partition when not using 'isohybrid' option, boot menu will offer a choice of distribution to boot from. Scripts does not format or remove data from the device.

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Using commandline tools

Download LiveCD ISO

Download the installation image of your choice from http://software.opensuse.org/.

Verify the integrity of a downloaded image:

$ gpg --recv-keys 9C800ACA
$ wget http://download.opensuse.org/distribution/13.2/iso/openSUSE-13.2-GNOME-Live-x86_64.iso.asc
$ gpg -a openSUSE-13.2-GNOME-Live-x86_64.iso.asc

Find Block Device

Boot Imac From Usb Hard Drive

After inserting your USB stick, you can find out what device it is:

# grep -Ff <(hwinfo --disk --short) <(hwinfo --usb --short)

Write ISO to USB

Finally, once you've found your block device, write the image to it. Point 'dd' to the full path such as '/home/user/Downloads/openSUSE-13.2-GNOME-Live-x86_64.iso' or change directory (example: cd ./Downloads) to where the image is contained.

If you get the message

your dd version does not support the status=progress option and therefore you have to remove it (and you will miss the writing progress indicator).

Optional steps

How to recover the USB stick for 'normal' use again

After system installation, you may want to reuse the stick as you would normally to write things on it. In that case you have to reformat it. Often people complain that Windows fails to do it.

Typically, you would simply start fdisk:

and select:

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and then:

(primary, number 1, default size to use the entire device)

Use type 6, FAT16

Finally:

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This last step is necessary, particularly the -n SOME_NAME, or the USB stick will mount with the iso name.

And done. Or, you could use gparted for partitioning and formatting.

If that doesn't work try the following steps with extreme care:

If you look at the 12.3 DVD image on a USB stick with fdisk, you would see something like this (notice the GPT warning):

So, before reformatting, you have to repartition it again. And sometimes, if this fails, you may need an extra step - because software thinks the stick is a CD and thus not writable:

Notice: all these instructions assume the stick device is /dev/sdX. You have to find which is yours (see “Find Block Device” section above). An error here will destroy some other disk in your system.

That destroys the boot sector, partition table, and initial structures. Any operating system should be happy to reformat it again.

Troubleshooting

How to make a USB drive bootable

Imac Won't Boot From Usb Drive

This situation would happen very rarely, but in the event that your computer doesn't boot from the LiveUSB/DVD from the steps above, you might try the following procedure.

Open a console and do the following as root:

See also

External links

Retrieved from 'https://en.opensuse.org/index.php?title=SDB:Live_USB_stick&oldid=138600'
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Most of the time, when you connect an external hard drive to your Mac’s USB port, you soon see it mount on the desktop. Apple likes to ensure these are easy to find, so they also appear in the Finder in the left-hand column under Locations.

However, sometimes, an external hard drive doesn't show up. It’s annoying, especially when you need to transfer something right then. And besides, there can be a risk that data on the external USB pen, hard, or flash drive is corrupt, which means you can’t transfer what you need between devices at all.

Corrupt data can be one reason your Mac won't recognize an external drive, but there are other reasons too. Let’s take a look at why this is happening and how you can fix the external hard drive not showing up problem:

Why your Mac does not recognize external hard drive

Let’s say you’ve encountered the problem of SSD not showing up. There could be a few reasons why SSD isn’t making an appearance (just as any other external drive), the most common being:

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  • There’s something wrong with the cable
  • There’s a power supply problem
  • Your drive has been corrupted or broken
  • The drive is not readable on macOS
  • NTFS read-only problem.

How to fix an external disk drive that won't show up on a Mac

While it’s impossible to instantly figure out why an external disk drive is not showing up, you have to try to fix the problem.

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Start with the basics:

  1. Check whether the drive is properly plugged in. It sounds obvious, but since this relies on a wire - either a USB cable or HDMI cable - if it’s not connected properly then it won’t appear on your desktop.
  2. Faulty cable. Assuming it’s plugged in correctly, not wobbly or loose, the cable could be at fault. Try connecting the same device with a different cable.
  3. Damaged USB or flash drive port. It could be a hardware issue with the Mac. If you’ve got another port, try connecting the device to that one.
  4. Reboot your Mac. Sometimes, if a USB disk won't boot, the cause is a macOS issue. Hopefully, some data damage can be fixed by restarting. Choose the Apple menu > Restart. Or press and hold the power button and, when a dialog box appears, click Restart or press R. Restarting your Mac essentially clears your macOS’s memory and starts it up fresh.
  5. Incorrectly formatted drive. Not every external drive is optimized for Macs. It could be that you are trying to connect something only fit to interact with Windows devices. If you’ve got a PC or laptop, it’s worth connecting and seeing if you can access the files through another device. The best way to look for an incorrectly formatted drive is to go to
    Apple (in the top toolbar menu) > About This Mac > Storage.
    See if the external drive shows up here. For more information, go to the same menu option, then select System Report.
  6. Mac not formatted to display external drives on the desktop. It could be that your Mac already recognizes the device, but just isn’t showing its icon on the desktop screen. Even if that is the case, the drive will still appear in the left-hand column of the Finder menu under Locations. You should be able to access your drive that way, and, in the Finder menu under Preferences > General, you can check External Drives to ensure that from now on it shows up on your desktop too.
  7. Reset NVRAM. To do this, shut down or restart your Mac, switch it back on and immediately press these four keys together for at least 20 seconds: Option, Command, P, and R. It should look as though your Mac has started again; if it has, release the keys when you hear the second startup chime. Hopefully, the hard drive has shown up now.
  8. Check Apple’s Disk Utility to see if an external drive is showing up. Disk Utility is within System Preferences, or you can find it using Spotlight. If it is visible, then click the option to Mount, which should make it visible on the desktop and in the External Drives option in the Finder menu.

Unfortunately, if none of those options has worked and you continue having the external hard drive not showing up problem, then it could have crashed, or be well and truly broken. But there might still be a way you can recover the data on the external drive.

How to fix new hard drive not showing up in Finder

When you connect a drive to Mac, it should appear in Finder under Locations. What to do if external hard drive is not detected? In most cases, when Finder doesn’t see your drive, you just have to change a few things in Preferences. However, sometimes, there are more serious problems such as insufficient power supply. Let’s see how you can fix these things.

How to show connected devices in Finder

  1. Go to the Finder menu > Preferences

  2. In General, click on External disks to ensure that from now on it shows on the desktop.

In the Sidebar tab, you can choose which folders and devices will be shown in the left-hand column of the Finder window.

How to add cloud storages to Finder

You can also mount cloud storage as a local drive on your Mac. By connecting Google Drive, Dropbox, or Amazon to your computer, you get more space for securely accessing and sharing files. For your ease, add cloud drives to Finder with CloudMounter so that you keep them close at hand. You can read detailed instructions on managing cloud storage as local drives here.

Repair the failed external drives with First Aid

The most direct reason your external hard drive could be detected by macOS but can't be opened is the file system problem. If your drive is having such problems, you can try to fix them yourself with First Aid and therefore get access to your files.

First Aid tool will check the disk for errors and then attempt a repair as needed. It helps to verify and repair a range of issues related to startup HD and external drive problems. If you are able to fix the hard drive or SSD in your Mac (or any external drive) using Disk Utility you will hopefully be able to recover your files.

To run Fist Aid on an external hard drive:

  1. Open Disk Utility. You can search for it using Spotlight or via Finder > Go > Utilities
  2. Check on your external hard drive, click the First Aid tab and select Run to start running diagnostics.

How to recover data from a crashed drive

If First Aid has been successful in fixing errors, the external drive should be available to mount. If the utility hasn’t repaired issues, your drive truly is broken or formatted using a file system that the Mac cannot read — in this way you have to recover data from a damaged disk drive.

Thankfully, there is an app for that. Disk Drill is the world’s premier data recovery software for Mac. Powerful enough to retrieve long-lost, mistakenly deleted files from Macs, external hard drives, USB drives, and camera cards.

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Here’s how to recover files with Disk Drill (pro version available on Setapp):

  1. Connect your drive to the Mac.
  2. Quit all other applications on the Mac, especially those that may be trying to access the external drive (e.g. iPhoto, Words)
  3. Launch Disk Drill.
  4. Click on the external drive that you are trying to recover files from. If it has partitions, you will see all of them. If, however, you still don’t see any volume to the external drive then you may need to try some of the steps above again or read the Disk Drill Scanning FAQs.
  5. To avoid the external drive being accessed during the recovery process, click Extras next to the drive or drive partition or file, then select Remount Volume As Read Only. A padlock will appear, protecting the drive during the process.
  6. Now click Rebuild (or Recover) next to the file(s) you are trying to recover. Once the scan is finished - it may take some time if the files are large - a list of files will appeal.
  7. Next, click Mount Found Items as Disk button on the bottom-left below the scan results.
  8. Disk Drill 'strongly suggests saving the files to a different drive than the one you are trying to recover files from. Saving to the same drive substantially lowers your chances of recovery.'
  9. A drive icon will appear, which once you double click will give you the option to open the files as you would do before they were lost. Drag them to another location, such as your desktop or a folder on your Mac.
  10. Open the files to ensure they have been recovered properly and safely eject the external drive.

Disk Drill does have other ways to recover lost files but assuming there are no complications, this method is the most effective.

A few more tips on getting your files back

  1. Macs and third-party apps that look after Macs, such as Disk Drill and iStat Menus come with a S.M.A.R.T. (also known as Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology) status monitor. If a SMART check reports errors, then it could mean the hard drive is at risk of failing completely. Within Disk Utility and Disk Drill, there are several solutions for this: Repair Disk Permissions and Repair Disk. If neither of them works, it’s recommended to back up all of the data from the disk, erase it, then run a SMART check again. The external hard drive should show up as Verified.
  2. Partitions can get lost within hard drives, temporarily hiding all of the information contained within. Disk Drill can help to identify and restore this information.
  3. Within Disk Drill, you can restore data when a hard drive is damaged or add formatting, which is also something Disk Utility can help with.
  4. CleanMyMac, another useful app available from Setapp, can help you identify external hard drive errors and repair them. It is an essential tool worth trying when you’re having external hard drive difficulties.

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Alternative ways to recover data from an external hard drive

Reset the System Management Controller (SMC) if your Mac shuts down when you plug in an external hard drive. Then use a different port to connect the external hard drive. If you’ve got a battery that you can’t remove:

  • Shut down and unplug the power adapter
  • Press and hold Shift-Control-Option and the power button for 10 seconds
  • Release all keys
  • Plug the power adapter back in and switch your Mac back on.

For Macs with removable batteries, you need to switch them off, remove the battery, then press and hold the power button for 5 seconds. After that, put the battery back in, plug in the power adapter and switch the power on again.

How to fix external drive NTFS read-only problem

External hard disk detected but not opening? One reason your Mac isn’t recognizing the hard drive is the file format. Windows uses NTFS file formats, while Macs, up until the introduction of Sierra, have used HFS+. Now, Apple has introduced the Apple File System (APFS) for newer operating systems.

If you connect an NTFS drive, your Mac will be able to read it but not edit it. This means you can’t really complete your task (move, copy, or delete any files) as long as you experience the read-only problem. There’s an easy way to fix this with iBoysoft NTFS, an app that enables full read/write support for NTFS drives on Mac.

How to make Ext2/Ext3 drives readable on Mac

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The common issue is Ext2- and Ext3-formatted drives are not readable on macOS. There are two ways to access such external drives on your Mac — via Linux OS or FUSE system. The easiest would be installing Linux to a secondary drive or virtual machine.

If you go with Linux installation, dual boot your Mac with Linux on another drive and use FAT32 as a transfer intermediary. If you don’t have the drive to install Linux to, use a virtual machine as an interface for it. Transferring can be done the same way – with FAT32, or via network.

Another option for reading Ext2/Ext3 disks is mounting disk with Filesystem in Userspace (FUSE). Basically, it works as an extra interface enabling file system access via specially installed modules. Here’s how to mount drives with FUSE:

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  1. Install FUSE for macOS or MacFUSE as well as a fuse-ext2 module.
  2. Use the following Terminal command to enable Disk Utility’s debug menu and see all partitions: defaults write com.apple.DiskUtility DUDebugMenuEnabled 1
  3. Attach your Ext2/Ext3 drive and locate the device name via Disk Utility.
  4. In your user account, create a folder to be used as a mount point.
  5. Use the following Terminal command to mount the drive as read-only: fuse-ext2 /dev/disk2s2 /Volumes/mountpoint
  6. For write support, use the command: fuse-ext2 -o force /dev/disk2s2 /Volumes/mountpoint

And that’s not the only case where Terminal helps you access external drive. Employ the handy all-powerful Terminal, which always comes forward with solutions for difficult problems. Especially if System Information does recognize the USB or hard drive, but continues to hide it from you, disconnect the drive and try to find it using the Terminal, which you can find in Applications > Utilities.

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  • Once in the Terminal, type in the command diskutil list
  • A list with information about volumes and drives should appear
  • Look for a section labelled /dev/disk_ (external, physical)
  • Make a note of the whole line after the word disk
  • Now put the following command into the Terminal diskutil info disk followed by the number or digits assigned to that disk
  • Now you should see detailed information about the drive, therefore confirming that your Mac can and does recognize it
  • Eject using the Terminal by entering the command diskutil eject disk followed by the number or digits assigned to that disk
  • Physically remove the disk from your Mac
  • Plug it back in and your Mac should recognize it.

Console is also reliable when it comes to solving tricky problems, although it isn’t always that easy to use. You can find Console under Applications > Utilities > Console or via Spotlight. Console shows if an external drive or any error is detected under the Errors and Faults tab. If no errors show up, then the problem is not caused by the device.

How to fix insufficient power supply

Another thing that might cause USB drive not showing up is that your USB cable is just not powerful enough. Typically, a USB 1.0 or 2.0 works, but there are drives that require more power. In this case, you should get another connector or use some type of USB hub to increase the power supply. If you still can’t access external hard drive, consider switching to another Mac.

Conclusion

Hopefully, we’ve covered the topic so you don’t have to google “external hard drive disappear from the computer” ever again. There are lots of potential solutions for a Mac not reading/writing an external hard drive. If you’re trying to connect an NTFS drive, do it with iBoysoft NTFS for Mac. If you need to add cloud storage, CloudMounter will help you. Most importantly, you’ll never have to worry about a crashed or corrupted external drive because Disk Drill will help you recover all the data stored on it.

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