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Windows 7: Can you use a boot/install USB drive to store stuff?

12 Jan 2014   #1

Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit
Can you use a boot/install USB drive to store stuff?

Can you double an intallation USB you made as a general purpose flash drive?

Would it effect it's function in anyway? Or should you keep your intallation USB "untouched"?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Jan 2014   #2

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

Do you mean can you add files to the drive ?

Yes, I have.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Jan 2014   #3
Microsoft MVP


Just don't touch the installer's files in the root of the stick and you can use it as a toolbox or for storage. You'll know which files they are because they are in lower case type.
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