My situation: I successfully installed Windows 10 on a Samsung T5 external SSD (size of 1TB) which I can boot into using my MacBook Pro 13" (2017 model w/ 4 Thunderbolt 3 ports). Under Windows, the disk is partitioned as: - EFI Healthy Primary (or something to that effect) 200MB - Primary (Bootcamp C:) ~999GB or so (NTFS format)
Under the MacOs (Mojave in my case) the disk shows as one volume (Bootcamp), under the device name (which still shows as Samsung Portable etc. etc.), and it says 25GB or so used (which makes sense as that's the Windows10 OS, and 975GB Free.
What I want:
I installed WIn10 on the external for those rarer occasions I need Windows, but now I feel 1TB space is too much. I want to re-purpose quite a bit of space in the Samsung SSD for the Mac. Specifically I would like to partition so that I have
- a TimeMachine volume (say 500MB - my MBP is only 256GB)
- Extra space for saving other Mac files (I'm happy to make this exclusive to Mac, but can also think about using exFAT format for common use)
- The rest of space (say 200-250GB) for the Windows10 OS as is. (basically I want to shrink Windows to a smaller size)
Is there a way I can safely do what I want without messing up the installation of the Win10 OS in the SSD? It was a tedious process to achieve and I already messed it up once. I first had partitioned in Windows, creating a clearly defined volume destined for the MBP. I then tried to partition that from the Mac, and somehow it gave me an error while erasing the partition (out of space?), and it actually caused me to lose the EFI volume that Windows needed to boot. That little bit seems to be indiscernible, and invisible to the MacOS and must have been tampered with. It rendered the external SSD unbeatable for Windows!
So, after having re-installed everything, can anyone recommend a safe method to tamper with the partitions now, without messing up the windows installation already residing in the SSD? Thanks