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windows installer in a usb 3.0 flash drive?

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quick question, can i use a usb 3.0 flash drive as a boot device? like for example using windows installer or parted magic? and does it matter if i plug it to usb 2.0 or 3.0 port? thanks in advance!
post #2 of 8
Yes you can, i know that in order to install Windows you need it plugged into the USB 2 port to work.

Here is how to make a Windows 7 Bootable USB Installer for example if you need it: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
  • How to make a bootable Windows 7 USB for the BIOS/UEFI motherboard and MBR format install: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
    Make a bootable Windows 7 USB:
    1. Open the Start Menu, type diskpart, press Enter
    2. Type list disk, press Enter
    3. Type select disk X (where X is the number your USB drive shows up as), press Enter
    4. Type clean, press Enter
    5. Type create partition primary, press Enter
    6. Type active, press Enter
    7. Type format quick fs=fat32, press Enter
    8. Type assign, press Enter
    9. Type exit, press Enter
    10. Copy everything from the Windows 7 installation DVD onto the USB key (a simple drag and drop will do; if you have an .iso extract first).

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post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 
thanks sean, i've been waiting for someone to answer my question before i hit the checkout button. buying my 1st SSD, i'm excited!
post #4 of 8
Cool, what SSD did you get?
post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 
still can't decide between these two:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148443
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233182

i know that the crucial m4 is reliable, but the corsair force is faster, plus its corsair. can't decide...,
post #6 of 8
Let me make your decision easier: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820249015

That out performs both (uses toggle mode Synchronous NAND) and has a 5yr warranty. wink.gif

And the M4 is faster with incomressible data than the Force 3 btw, the Force GT is a better match, tho I don't recommend SandForce drives much atm.

I have a whole write up on the subject in my thread here: http://www.overclock.net/t/1179518/seans-ssd-buyers-guide-information-thread
post #7 of 8
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Originally Posted by Sean Webster View Post

Let me make your decision easier: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820249015

That out performs both (uses toggle mode Synchronous NAND) and has a 5yr warranty. wink.gif

And the M4 is faster with incomressible data than the Force 3 btw, the Force GT is a better match, tho I don't recommend SandForce drives much atm.

I have a whole write up on the subject in my thread here: http://www.overclock.net/t/1179518/seans-ssd-buyers-guide-information-thread

wow, that one is good, at least on specs. and its not sandforce based, i might get this one, the force 3 is scary.

do you know any good cloning software? i know one that is acronis, but i didn't have any success cloning with that, i just don't know how to use it i guess.
Edited by ghostrider85 - 2/26/12 at 2:36am
post #8 of 8
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Originally Posted by ghostrider85 View Post

wow, that one is good, at least on specs. and its not sandforce based, i might get this one, the force 3 is scary.
lol, scary. yea, I have had issues personally with a few SandForce drives and returned them. A few others and I are weary of them on OCN. They are fine however for storage solutions rather than a bootable disk XD.
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