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Windows To Go Compatible Drives?

  1. #11


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    Quote Originally Posted by cluberti View Post
    Windows To Go: Feature Overview

    If you're going to do Windows To Go with any sort of regularity, I'd recommend the Spyrus Secure Portable Workspace devices as they're hardware encrypted:
    Secure Portable Workplace WTG

    Also note that what you see in the list aren't regular old USB keys, they actually contain SSD controllers and are the equivalent of an SSD in a USB enclosure (with the exception of the Western Digital devices, which are regular 7200RPM drives with special controllers instead - trading speed for storage capacity with 500GB of storage).

    I've been able to coax quite a few USB3 keys to work with WTG, but the best experience I've gotten has been with the SuperTalent and Spyrus devices.
    Agreed, the 50GB Super Talent USB 3.0 I'm using works great, and is not slow at all.

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  2. #12


    Redmond
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    SuperTalent devices are very good, yes. I have a few and they're awesome.
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  3. #13


    I'm going to get a USB 3.0 PCI card and add it to my PC, then hook up a 32GB USB drive, create the "Windows To Go" drive and see how it works. I'll do this over the holiday break... Thanks for the good info here!
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  4. #14


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    Quote Originally Posted by azasadny View Post
    I'm going to get a USB 3.0 PCI card and add it to my PC, then hook up a 32GB USB drive, create the "Windows To Go" drive and see how it works. I'll do this over the holiday break... Thanks for the good info here!
    To have the full benefit of USB 3.0, you need a USB 3.0 PCIe card.
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  5. #15


    Yep! Thanks!!
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  6. #16


    Philadelphia
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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    My flash drive came in, so I decided to give it a shot, and this is the error message I got:
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    I'm thinking it could be one of three things: First, does the drive need to be unformatted? Second, the PC it is connected to does not have any USB 3.0 ports...is that the issue? Third, I'm running the trial of Enterprise....could that be the issue?
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  7. #17


    Philadelphia
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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    After a little more research, it seems the issue is my drive is detected as removable, and won't let me configure it as a Windows To Go drive. I wish I had known that before hand...I wouldn't have bought this flash drive.

    I haven't been able to find any disk mode drivers or utilities that will format the drive appropriately, so it looks as though I'll have to wait and get one of the more expensive ones in time....unless there are other suggestions. I may still try the 64 GB SSD, connecting it by eSATA and then trying to boot it by USB.
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  8. #18


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    The main problem is that the USB is not at least 32GB in size. It only shows as 29.8GB.
    Last edited by Brink; 24 Dec 2012 at 12:59. Reason: correction
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  9. #19


    Philadelphia
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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    I'll look for it, but I came across a guide in my travels this morning where the author had it working on a 16 GB flash drive.

    I'm finding thread after thread of people with the same issue as me, and some have been trying 64 GB flash drives.
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  10. #20


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    I'm not sure about 16 GB, since it states it must be at least 32 GB in the system requirements, plus below.

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    Not sure about the 64 GB USB drives unless they are not at least USB 2.0, ot have some sort of built-in read-only switch enabled. They could try running a "clean" command on the USB, then format it as NTFS to see if that may help.
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