[SOLVED] suggest a decent USB 3.0 flash drive

USAFRet

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I want a Flash Drive I can boot from just in case something happens.
My daughter had a problem with her laptop several months ago.
I was thinking I'd get a 16GB flash drive and if that happened again I'd be able to boot from it.

Is the below article not correct? Or have I misunderstood something?

https://www.ionos.com/digitalguide/server/know-how/make-a-bootable-usb-drive/

I want to clarify, I would have legit windows on each machine, I'm not trying to pirate anything.
Right.
That refers to a Win 10 USB, used for install or possibly repair.
Later in that article it refers to WIndows2Go, which I linked above.
WIn2Go is the whole OS, on a USB flash drive.

You can create your own Win 10 USB easily, here:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10
 

curiousmcgeorge

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A small flash drive, or a full size SSD or HDD?
What do you plan on using this for?
I want a flash drive I can boot Windows 10 from. And maybe store some extra files.
Not a SSD or HD, just a 16G memory stick.

It just seems that every one I look at has people complaining about how slow it is, it's slower than USB 2.0, etc.
I'm not looking for lightning fats, just something thats not garbage.
Middle of the pack USB 3.0 or better is fine.
 

USAFRet

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I want a flash drive I can boot Windows 10 from. And maybe store some extra files.
Not a SSD or HD, just a 16G memory stick.

It just seems that every one I look at has people complaining about how slow it is, it's slower than USB 2.0, etc.
I'm not looking for lightning fats, just something thats not garbage.
Middle of the pack USB 3.0 or better is fine.
"boot windows from" ?

You realize this is NOT a normal config.
And 16GB is far far too small.
And it will be desperately slow, no matter what flash drive you use.

Running Windows from an external drive - Windows To Go.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/deployment/planning/windows-to-go-overview
This will require Win 10 Enterprise or Edu.

The Windows OS is absolutely not designed for running from an external drive, no matter the type.
 

curiousmcgeorge

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"boot windows from" ?

You realize this is NOT a normal config.
And 16GB is far far too small.
And it will be desperately slow, no matter what flash drive you use.

Running Windows from an external drive - Windows To Go.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/deployment/planning/windows-to-go-overview
This will require Win 10 Enterprise or Edu.

The Windows OS is absolutely not designed for running from an external drive, no matter the type.
I want a Flash Drive I can boot from just in case something happens.
My daughter had a problem with her laptop several months ago.
I was thinking I'd get a 16GB flash drive and if that happened again I'd be able to boot from it.

Is the below article not correct? Or have I misunderstood something?

https://www.ionos.com/digitalguide/server/know-how/make-a-bootable-usb-drive/

I want to clarify, I would have legit windows on each machine, I'm not trying to pirate anything.
 

USAFRet

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I want a Flash Drive I can boot from just in case something happens.
My daughter had a problem with her laptop several months ago.
I was thinking I'd get a 16GB flash drive and if that happened again I'd be able to boot from it.

Is the below article not correct? Or have I misunderstood something?

https://www.ionos.com/digitalguide/server/know-how/make-a-bootable-usb-drive/

I want to clarify, I would have legit windows on each machine, I'm not trying to pirate anything.
Right.
That refers to a Win 10 USB, used for install or possibly repair.
Later in that article it refers to WIndows2Go, which I linked above.
WIn2Go is the whole OS, on a USB flash drive.

You can create your own Win 10 USB easily, here:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10
 

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