- Aug 22, 2018
- Gigabyte Aorus gamer 5
- i7 8700K
- EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 SC Gaming, 8Gb DDR5
- Mobile Phone
I have two Nvme drives on my main video edit (White Knight) Build ... 2 x Samsung Evo 960 NVMe SSD's High Sierra on one, Windows 10 on the other .... rather than use a EFI partition on one of the NVMe drives for Clover i bought a 8GB SATA SSD for just a few pounds ... similar to this one:-
Its 8GB but 4GB or even 2GB will do just fine. I formatted it as GTP and installed Clover on to the EFI partition on that and configured the BIOS to boot form it.
The advantage is that if anything ever happens to your OSX or Clover configuration its easy to remove and and play with on anther machine ... in my case i usually connect it to my laptop using a USB to SATA adapter Y cable ....
You can use the rest of the 8GB drive as an installer and recovery drive or just a small data drive ...
This method has saved me several times in the past ... these days now that HS supports 3rd party NVMe drives its not so important but if you have spare/unused SATA controller i think booting the system from a small capacity dedicated boot SDD makes good sense.
Just thought i'd share my method
I'm currently preparing my first Hackintosh, so very little knowledge...
I intend to have two M.2 separate drives, one for OS X and the other for Win10.
I suppose I can install Win10 as if the computer was solely a Windows one. What I mean is that if I use BIOS to set the boot disk to the Windows one, it will boot directly, nothing else involved. This way my Windows would always be operational, no matter what...
For the OS X M.2 boot disk I understand that I have to use Clover anyway but I liked your idea of having Clover on a small SATA disk and boot from there to be able to choose which OS to boot with and to properly support OSX.
Unfortunately, due to the configuration for may computer I have no more SATA connections available... Can I do it based on a USB PEN (instead of small SATA Disk) permanently connected to the computer (and having the BIOS to boot from a USB device...)? I understand that might be some performance price to pay on booting but it would be and elegant and safe solution...
I already explored a lot on the site but still too much info to digest... Can you point me in the right direction?
Thanks and regards,