Windows 8 and 8.1 Forums


Windows To Go Compatible Drives?

  1. #21


    Redmond
    Posts : 651
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    It doesn't matter if the USB is detected as removable since it's suppose to be on an USB flash drive.

    The problem is that the USB is not at least 32GB in size. It only shows as 29.8GB.
    Yes, it does matter ��. However, there are ways to make a removable drive appear as fixed:
    Windows To Go Info and Creating a Windows To Go on a removable USB drive

    There's lots of literature out there on the web that any old drive will work, and that just isn't true. If you go with a drive NOT on the list I posted above, then you will have to hack your usb drivers and device (like the link above - there may be others, but this is the least destructive to an existing install) and take your chances. I don't recommend doing that, but to each his or her own.

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #22


    Philadelphia
    Posts : 214
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Thanks for that link. One obstacle I found was that I was using Enterprise x64 and had issues with the signing (or lack of) with the disk mode drivers. I'll be playing around with this over the holidays, and I'm going to try Enterprise x86 to see if that at least let's me get to the Windows To Go process.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #23


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Oh gravy! The disk driver signing enforcement was a real pain when I was doing it!

    Do you have your flash drive formatted as NTFS over FAT32? I wonder if that's the roadblock.

    the drive being 29 gigs probably isn't the issue since that's the size of from bits to bytes.


    You may need to do a VHD boot of it...
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #24


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by cluberti View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    It doesn't matter if the USB is detected as removable since it's suppose to be on an USB flash drive.

    The problem is that the USB is not at least 32GB in size. It only shows as 29.8GB.
    Yes, it does matter ��. However, there are ways to make a removable drive appear as fixed:
    Windows To Go Info and Creating a Windows To Go on a removable USB drive

    There's lots of literature out there on the web that any old drive will work, and that just isn't true. If you go with a drive NOT on the list I posted above, then you will have to hack your usb drivers and device (like the link above - there may be others, but this is the least destructive to an existing install) and take your chances. I don't recommend doing that, but to each his or her own.
    Thank you. I didn't know that.

    I had thought that it was USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 flash drive until I read below that it's for USB ports instead.

    Windows To Go: Frequently Asked Questions

    Q) Is Windows To Go supported on both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 drives?

    A) No. Windows To Go is supported on USB 3.0 drives that are certified for Windows To Go.


    Q) Is Windows To Go supported on USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports?

    A) Yes. Windows To Go is fully supported on either USB 2.0 ports or USB 3.0 ports on PCs certified for Windows 7 or Windows 8.
    Last edited by Brink; 24 Dec 2012 at 19:09. Reason: addition
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #25


    Philadelphia
    Posts : 214
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    I'll have to test tonight, but I was able to get Windows To Go installed on my Corsair 32 GB drive. I ran Enterprise x86 in a VirtualBox VM and used the cfadisk disk mode drivers to get the wizard to see and use my drive. It took about an hour to copy everything over to my drive, but it said the process completed successfully.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #26


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    I'll be looking forward to your results. I don't have a 32GB or larger USB 2.0 flash drive to test with, only the certified USB 3.0 one.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  7. #27


    Philadelphia
    Posts : 214
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    I'm stuck on a strange issue. I was able to reconnect the USB drive to a Windows 7 tower and check it out. It only showed a 400 MB partition that was visible in Windows 7. I brought the drive home and plugged it into my ultrabook, and Windows 8 wouldn't recognize it. I was given a message saying a previous USB device had malfunctioned and that this one couldn't be recognized. I tried four other USB flash drives in the same port, and they all worked fine. My ultrabook will not recognize the drive at all, not even in the BIOS, so I can't boot from it. I will probably have to wait until Monday to plug it back into my work tower and try again.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  8. #28


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Not looking good so far for non certified USB flash drives.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  9. #29


    Philadelphia
    Posts : 214
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    I'm in work this morning, and I try the drive on another laptop. This time it is recognized, so I try booting off of it. It starts to load, showing the Windows 8 splash screen, and then briefly flashes a message about a problem occuring...then reboots the system.

    I'm going to try plan B...setting up an SSD connected by eSATA, and then trying to boot from a USB3 enclosure.

    If that doesn't work, I might just use the SSD by eSATA and boot it as a normal drive.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  10. #30


    Redmond
    Posts : 651
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Good luck to you .
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Page 3 of 3 FirstFirst 123
Windows To Go Compatible Drives?
Related Threads
Been googling this for the last hour, and I still can't install a game via a virtual drive; keep getting "Windows cannot access specificed device, path, or file. You may not have appropriate permissions to access". Using Win8 Checked the Cdrom registry key to see if it was disabled (it's not),...
Does not recognize my Airport Extreme or Express even though they are working fine and recognized by my iMac in the other room. I currently stream iTunes via the iMac, but would prefer to use my Windows 8 machine. But, so far, no go with Airport and iTunes does not have a speaker selector...
I have this LG A520-N.BE34P1-5900 notebook which I found is not compatible with Windows 8 when I tried to make an upgrade installation (from 7 Home Premium). After a while I read this stated on the LG related website page. My question is: if I format the HD and make an installation of Windows 8...
Poor Leo, He has lost two complete drives now due to corruption after booting from one drive, restarting, then using the BIOS to boot from another drive (both win8). He keeps getting "ERRORS, attempting to repair" on all of his drives. After chugging along for awhile, they usually boot but with...
Some USB Drives not compatible?? in Drivers & Hardware
Hi. it seems everytime i connect an HP 16GB USB Drive I have it does not work properly. It freezes, doesn't show up. but when i try another drive it works perfectly also when I insert the HP drive on another computer with WIN7 it works fine. anyone heard of some drives not being...
Is Windows 8 compatible with Microsoft Office XP Professional version 2002.
Hardware Product Name dv6502AU Product Number GN373PA
Eight Forums Android App Eight Forums IOS App Follow us on Facebook