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Windows 7: how to run an operating system on flash drive

03 Aug 2014   #11
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Windows 8 takes about 20GB of storage space. Plus you need some space for user files. So a 32GB stick would be safe. Just make sure that it is a fast stick - access time 1ms or less. USB3 is a LOT better than USB2.


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03 Aug 2014   #12
Computer0304

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 

There are flash drives that are supposedly almost as fast as SSDs. Flash Voyager® GTX USB 3.0 128GB Flash Drive These are available in 128GB and 256GB. But you should only get it if you have the money to since the 128GB is $130.
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03 Aug 2014   #13
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

There are a lot cheaper options - e.g. from Sandisk.
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03 Aug 2014   #14
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

I use a SanDisk Extreme USB 3.0 16GB flash drive to boot Windows 8.1 X86 from. Leaves about 3GB free.
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03 Aug 2014   #15
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
I use a SanDisk Extreme USB 3.0 16GB flash drive to boot Windows 8.1 X86 from. Leaves about 3GB free.
That must be a bare bone 32bit system.
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03 Aug 2014   #16
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

It's a install of 8.1 Pro X86 from the Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center. Nothing removed or stripped out. I followed these instructions: [Tutorial]Windows 8 to Go without Enterprise Edition - Microsoft (Windows) Discussion & Support - Neowin Forums

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Since it uses only the install.wim as input, maybe that is somehow stripped down, but I don't think so.


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03 Aug 2014   #17
Computer0304

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
There are a lot cheaper options - e.g. from Sandisk.
I agree that they are pretty expensive (by pretty I mean very) but if you really need it and think it is reasonable, you can get it. I think it is overkill for something used occasionally but it is useful when you transfer a lot of data that you need portable.
Also, be careful with Sandisk as there are many fakes in the market. If buying from online, always get it direct from the website not from another seller on it. For instance, Amazon has Fulfilled by Amazon which does not always mean Amazon trusts them, but they just ship it from their centers.

By the way, those aren't the largest consumer Flash Drives. Kingston has flash drives that are 1TB. Imagine having that much data in your pocket. But unfortunately it is a whopping $1K. But I guess someone could get it if they want to run all of his/her computers from one drive.
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04 Aug 2014   #18
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I am quite happy with my 64GB Sandisk and my 128GB PNY. They are both pretty fast. I installed Mint on them. The PNY cost $44 and the Sandisk was a bit more expensive.



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