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

  1. #210


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    I can not speak for what is the how to.. But yes there are many ways to install windows to go on a "removable" drive

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  2. #211


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    But I was not asking that, my question is if the procedure outlined in this tutorial will be successful in any USB3 flash drive, or if I'm restricted only to "fixed" USB3 flash drives like in the Windows Enterprise "Windows to Go" feature.
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  3. #212


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    You can use any USB flash drive. But you will only get satisfactory performance with USB3 flash drives that have an access time of less than 1ms. Access time is much more important than data transfer time. You have to measure the flash drive with HD Tune. HD Tune website

    The so called 'fixed' flash drives show like disks. But that is not a requirement here. Good examples of fixed drives are these. But for the price of these drives you are better off to use an external SSD.
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  4. #213


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    Quote Originally Posted by antares View Post
    But I was not asking that, my question is if the procedure outlined in this tutorial will be successful in any USB3 flash drive, or if I'm restricted only to "fixed" USB3 flash drives like in the Windows Enterprise "Windows to Go" feature.
    Try it and find out - on your USB drive

    We call that testing - because if you are looking for a guarantee that any usb3 will work, your not going to get one..
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  5. #214


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    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    The so called 'fixed' flash drives show like disks. But that is not a requirement here. Good examples of fixed drives are these. But for the price of these drives you are better off to use an external SSD.
    Good to know that being "fixed" is not required here. I found out that flash drives that are certified to work with Windows to Go are ridiculously expensive, might be that they are aimed at the corporate market.
    Are any of these 2 good candidates for this:
    Amazon.com: PNY Turbo 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive - P-FD128TBOP-GE: Computers & Accessories
    Amazon.com: Silicon Power 128GB Blaze B30 USB 3.0 Swivel Flash Drive R/W upto 200/80 Mb/s, Black (SP128GBUF3B30V1K): Computers & Accessories

    I wonder if an m.sata SSD with a USB3 enclosure can be used as a Windows 8 to Go?

    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by antares View Post
    But I was not asking that, my question is if the procedure outlined in this tutorial will be successful in any USB3 flash drive, or if I'm restricted only to "fixed" USB3 flash drives like in the Windows Enterprise "Windows to Go" feature.
    Try it and find out - on your USB drive

    We call that testing - because if you are looking for a guarantee that any usb3 will work, your not going to get one..
    Thanks KYHI anyway. The whole purpose of asking was to save time and money on purchasing a flash drive that might not be up to the task. I was asking something very specific, i.e., the "fixed" requirement for WIndows to Go, but whs answered that and luckily it's not required.
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  6. #215


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    I told you several times it was not..

    yes there are many ways to install windows to go on a "removable" drive

    Here is the Issue - you can not partition "removable" drives
    so if your windows installation requires partitions, then you can not do it on a "removable" drive

    But the are several ways to do > windows to go < on a usb drive

    I wonder if an m.sata SSD with a USB3 enclosure can be used as a Windows 8 to Go?
    Yes.. or even an old HDD in an external enclosure will work..
    The HDD would have a higher power requirement, so a SSD would be better..

    You want to avoid an "external" storage device as they too are sometimes flagged as removable..

    So you want an "internal" device in an external adapter..
    Last edited by KYHI; 16 Apr 2015 at 07:59.
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  7. #216


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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Creating a Windows To Go install on an external hard drive is not an issue. Not when using the official Utility in the Enterprise version. It will let you use an external USB hard drive. I've done it several times. SSD's and old laptop drives in USB external enclosures. It might be an issue when rolling your own though. USB thumb drives can be an issue as KYHI explained. You cannot partition removable USB thumb drives. That's why certified Windows to Go drives are flagged as fixed disks. Some Sandisk thumb drives are too. I had some that were, but they were too small to install Windows to Go to. A large capacity Sandisk thumb drive may work even if it isn't a certified drive.
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  8. #217


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    Good to know that being "fixed" is not required here. I found out that flash drives that are certified to work with Windows to Go are ridiculously expensive, might be that they are aimed at the corporate market.
    Are any of these 2 good candidates for this:
    Amazon.com: PNY Turbo 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive - P-FD128TBOP-GE: Computers & Accessories
    Amazon.com: Silicon Power 128GB Blaze B30 USB 3.0 Swivel Flash Drive R/W upto 200/80 Mb/s, Black (SP128GBUF3B30V1K): Computers & Accessories

    I wonder if an m.sata SSD with a USB3 enclosure can be used as a Windows 8 to Go?
    That PNY is a good one and for an excellent price. I own one myself and use it for this OS. You can see there how snappy it is - and that is with the screen recorder running. And see the performance measurements below.

    The other stick I really don't know. But it looks OK. An external SSD is the fastest option because the SSD has the shortest access time. I have done one of those too.

    Here is my HD Tune measurement of the PNY stick.


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  9. #218


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    KYHI & Alphanumeric, Non-fixed flash drives can be partitioned. You just need to do it the right way (see Create a Data Partition).

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  10. #219


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    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    KYHI & Alphanumeric, Non-fixed flash drives can be partitioned. You just need to do it the right way - not with Disk Management.

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    Yes, correct, but I think another complication is windows won't see the second partition? I had a handle on this at one time but haven't messed with it for a while now so I'm forgetting all the ins and outs already..
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