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Leovinus
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Instead of cluttering up the message board I thought I'd edit my previous topic.

The way I'm trying to install windows is obviously not working perfectly. But perhaps you know a way that does? I'm on Big Sur, I've got windows build 20H2 (19042.804), a Mac mini, and a Samsung T5.

 

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As the title suggests I've been trying to create a boot camp partition on my external SSD (Samsung T5)

With some stops and starts I've finally gotten the bootable SSD part down. Enabling EFI boot etc. Secure boot is off as well.

The last thing I did before rebooting was to install windows in Virtualbox until the point where the installer says "Reboot to finish install". At that point I shut down the virtual machine and rebooted the computer. On startup it says that it unexpectedly shut down, and therefore needs to reboot again. Which it does forever if I let it.

Does anyone have an inkling as to how to get around this issue? 

2018 Mac Mini [8th,6C,B] + RX 5700 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core X) + macOS 10.15.5 [build link]  

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Leovinus
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I'll just bump this since I reframed the topic. All hints and tips are welcome.

Also I hope you're all having a wonderful Wednesday! In the bit of Sweden I inhabit it's tending towards blue skies with some haze on the horizon this morning. Still snow out, but warm temps have melted a ton of it away. Which is fine, we have tons more.

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itsage
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@leovinus, Have you tried/consider using a small partition of the internal drive for Boot Camp and store games/software on the Samsung T5 SSD? That's my current configuration on an i5/32GB/256GB 2018 Mac mini. I gave Windows 100GB. It makes the Boot Camp eGPU setup procedure easier. The 500GB Samsung T5 stores my Steam game library. Another advantage is that I can use this very same SSD with other laptops too.

 

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Leovinus
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@itsage, I honestly haven't looked into it all too deeply. I've only heard the odd mentions that it might result in you having to wipe you main drive if something goes wrong, which put me off of the idea reflexively. I'll look into it further though.

Still I'd much prefer everything to be compartmented onto an external drive, so while I'll look into keeping it on the main drive, I'd love to hear other suggestions on how to get it onto the external one alone.

 

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cgWerks
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I've installed Windows 10 (various versions) at least a half-dozen times over the last couple weeks onto a Samsung T7 SSD.

Here's the very detailed video walkthrough I followed... it works great. 

However, getting the eGPU to then work, has been unsuccessful. I'm beginning to wonder if having the SSD there is somehow interfering with getting the eGPU going. There are so many variations in Mac OS, Windows OS, eGPUs, etc. but it seems like the things that are succeeding for others are absolutely failing to work for me. (Note: I've had it working in the past 2019/20 until a Windows update broke thing, or maybe it was a Mojave firmware update?)

2018 Mac mini (i7, 16 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD) - Blackmagic eGPU (RX580)


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