OWC Reveals Apple Boot Camp Support for SSDs

OWC DigitalPR-OWC-AuraPCIe today announced the availability of the OWC Dual Boot Enabler for Apple Boot Camp, adding Boot Camp support to a handful of OWC marquee products, including the recent award-winning Aura SSD for mid-2013 and later MacBook Air and MacBook Pro with Retina display.

Boot Camp allows users to partition their drive and install Microsoft Windows directly onto their Mac, enabling the simultaneous use of Windows and providing a simple transition between operating systems. While many OWC products already support Boot Camp, a few solid state drives were previously incompatible with the utility once installed — until now.

The innovative company has now released a free download that eliminates this barrier with a simple yet pivotal solution. What Gizmodo hails as “hands-down fantastic,” OWC drives have amplified their overall functionality and effectiveness with the inclusion of Boot Camp capability. With OWC’s new enabler, consumers can now install Windows with the following products in addition to SSDs that already support Boot Camp:

  • OWC Aura SSD for Mid-2013 and later MacBook Air and MacBook Pro with Retina display
  • OWC Aura SSD for Mac Pro
  • Mercury Accelsior E2

Months after the release of the Aura SSD for mid-2013 and later MacBook Air and MacBook Pro with Retina display, the recent Gold Stevie Award-winning storage upgrade builds upon its unrivaled value, empowering users to expand the possibilities of their computers where upgrade paths did not previously exist. Alongside a massive eight times more capacity reaching up to 1TB, those longing for Boot Camp capability can now fully enjoy the first and only PCIe-based flash storage upgrade for these mid-2013 and later Mac laptops.

Moreover, the OWC Aura SSD for 2013 and later Mac Pro, available in 1TB, 2TB, and 4TB capacities, adds Boot Camp to its already impressive internal capacity upgrade of 16 times the factory drive. On top of the higher performance and capacity, the enabler will further expand the possibilities for content creators with recent Mac Pro models.

In addition to the Aura SSDs, the PCIe-based Mercury Accelsior E2 rounds out the OWC SSD line now compatible with Boot Camp. The Mercury Acceslior E2, delivers over 800MB/sec speeds and storage expansion flexibility of eSATA with up to 1TB of storage. With the implementation of Boot Camp support, the Mercury Accelsior E2 can now get even more out of older computers with PCIe slots.

“Ever since the company’s beginning, OWC has been customer-driven, and the introduction of OWC Dual Boot Enabler for Apple Boot Camp is just a recent example,” said Larry O’Connor, Founder and CEO of OWC. “In pursuit of continual improvement towards excellence with each and every OWC product, we will work to continue OWC’s dedication to giving customers the freedom to do more with their Mac.”

Availability
OWC Dual Boot Enabler for Apple Boot Camp is compatible with every version of OS supported by the affected computers (10.6.8 and later). The OWC Dual Boot Enabler for Apple Boot Camp is now available as a free download on OWCdigital.com within the Support section. Users can even choose to uninstall the enabler afterwards as it is only needed for set-up, or leave it installed as it uses no memory or other system resources.


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  • The drive does not dual boot with Seria and windows 7 or windows 10.




  • Versuche seit 4 Tagen !!! eine OWC SSD 1 TB (960GB) in meinem MacBook Pro Retina zu installieren.
    MAC System kein Problem, wenn ich aber das OWC Boot Camp System nutze, gelingt es mir die Festplatte zu teilen.
    Aber nach dem Booten für die Windows 10 Installation bleibt bei 2% stehen.
    Wie gesagt seit 4 Tagen alles immer wieder installiert.
    mfg
    Walter Buhl




  • I would like to see a real answer from OWC (not call tech). I am seriously looking at the 1Tb SSD Upgrade for my MacBookAir6.2 but I HAVE to be able to use BootCamp. So some real answers posted here would be nice




  • !!!No booting Windows on Macbook 13 Retina Late 2013 with Aura 480GB SSD!!!
    I installed Dual Boot Enabler. After that it was possible to run Bootcamp and install Windows. But I can’t boot Windows, there is only Blackscreen after loading BIOS. “Loading Windows” appears only a split second.
    No problems with original Apple 128GB SSD.
    What’s wrong with the Aura Storage?




    • We are very sorry to hear about this. Please contact our Technical Support Team and we will be happy to further assist you.




    • Were you ever able to resolve this? I am having the same exact issue with a Late 2013 MBP Retina.




    • I got exactly the same issue too with my MBP 11,2 (15″ Retina, Late 2013, IntelHD Graphics).




      • I was advised by support that the Enabler with the late 2013’s will only support Windows 8.1 and 10. So the issue is Windows 7. I will look into putting 10 on the older MB Pro’s.




      • I have succeeded in installing Windows 10 with Aura Drive. So the answer tech support gave was correct. Some Macbook Pro’s (namely 2013 models) will not work with Windows 7 using the enabler. But Windows 10 does indeed work fine.




        • I have been struggling with my mid 2014 MacBook Pro to install Windows 10 with Boot Camp. No dice. Been through every possible permutation. What were the exact steps you took to achieve this? Did it involve any unusual workaround?




          • The only thing unusual was the fact that in my case the Macbook did NOT support Windows 10 by default.

            So I installed fresh copy of OS X then upgraded to the lastest version of OS X (Sierra).

            I then installed the Enabler from OWC.

            Once the reboot was done, I went ahead and ran the bootcamp process. This allowed the newest bootcamp drivers to install. Windows 10 installed seemlessly (just like win 7 before) but this time it booted as well.

            The key on my system is the Aura drive did not support Windows 7 and my Macbook by default did not support Windows 10. Once I upgraded to Sierra it installed.




  • Iv’e found publications talking about bootcamp and Accelsior S, some saying that it can use the Dual Boot Enabler, but apparently later it was taken away from the list of compatible items again. I don’t get it is the accelsior S compatible with bootcamp when using dual boot anabler or not?