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Windows 8.1 on SSD Drive plugged to USB3.0

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    Windows 8.1 bing

    Windows 8.1 on SSD Drive plugged to USB3.0


    Hi! The thing I want to do is put Windows 8.1 on external SSD Drive, and boot it from USB 3.0 .
    I don;t want to remove HDD inside my laptop ACER E5-511.
    Windows 8.1 bing, is installed with recovery on inside HDD Seagate 500GB (ST500LT012-1DG142). There is 4 hidden partitions and one system ( c: ), where is windows installed.

    What I did:

    1. I cloned HDD disc which is inside the laptop to external SSD.
    2. I changed the names of disk HDD and SSD - for different.

    Now I can try to boot from USB 3.0 my SSD Windows 8.1, but I readed that there may to be trouble with the same structure of drives (SSD and HDD) and system could get craze. If it's possible I want to use for it freeware or shareware software.
    Could anyone help me to solve this problem?
    Last edited by victi; 11 Jun 2015 at 19:09.

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  2. #2


    You can't ordinarily BOOT from and run any windows from removable device. Check this out: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/wind...ndowstogo.aspx
    There is also a very involved way to make Windows to Go from non Enterprise versions. Using USB3 port for booting may also present a problem if those particular windows do not have drivers for it built in.
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    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Yeah right - you have 2 options"

    1. Make your 8.1 a Windows to go. Here is how:

    Windows 8 To Go - Setup on a USB Flash Drive or USB Disk

    2. Run 8.1 as a virtual system from the external SSD (that's what I do). Here is how:

    https://onedrive.live.com/?cid=475A0...A6D4035%212243
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    Windows 8.1 bing


    whs said:

    " 1. Make your 8.1 a Windows to go. Here is how:

    Windows 8 To Go - Setup on a USB Flash Drive or USB Disk ".

    What I can understand of that link, there is installing Windows 8 on USB Flash or USB Disk, but not the "Windows to go" like from Windows Enterprise. So I deducate Windows 8 from USB Disk - SSD is faster than "Windows to go" from Windows 8 Enterprise USB Disk - SSD.
    Is it true?
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    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    I don't know whether that is faster. But it is one of the ways to get a Windows 8.1 to go if you DO NOT have Enterprise (which few people have). If you have Enterprise, use their facilities. That's easier.
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