Windows To Go on non-WTG USBs

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  1. HxCPokecore

    HxCPokecore MDL Novice

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    So I've just found out Windows To Go only works on 2 certified USBs. Is there any way into tricking Windows into thinking your USB is one of them? Or making it let you use it anyway?

    My USB is 32GB, so space is no problem.
     
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    Wonder Woman MDL Member

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    Which are the 2 certified USBs? Where did you get the info from?
     
  4. Wonder Woman

    Wonder Woman MDL Member

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    Take precautions when using WTG on USB stick

    When using WTG you have to take extra precautions.
     
  5. Blind_Faith

    Blind_Faith MDL Novice

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    #6 Blind_Faith, Aug 21, 2012
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    Code:
    technet.microsoft.com/library/hh831833.aspx#wtg_hardware

    Code:
    Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate specialized for Windows To Go 
    
    Super Talent Express RC8 for Windows To Go
    You will have to pay the big $$$$ to have a USB key with the removable bit set to off :mad:
     
  6. MrG

    MrG MDL Addicted

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    #7 MrG, Aug 21, 2012
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    I have installed W2Go on a Kingston DT Ultimate G2 & a WD USB 3.0 external (passport) drive.
    I found that the flash drive will not download & install W8 (RTM) updates but the External Hdd will.
    I wonder why the difference?

    Has anyone else noticed this?

    Edit: I got a pop-up to update W8 Defender, so I tried that & it updated OK on the flash drive.
     
  7. VelleX

    VelleX MDL Member

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    I installed now with imagex to my 64GB Sandisk Extreme USB 3.0 Flash Drive. Took 4 minutes to copy, and first boot was about 8 minutes to desktop.

    I also notices that i get an error when i search for updates (code 80070005).

    Maybe its because the drive is recognized als removable media, and Windows want to download updates on a fixed drive?
     
  8. MrG

    MrG MDL Addicted

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    #9 MrG, Aug 21, 2012
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    Thats the error I get/got too.
    I was blaming it on it being a flash drive, you may of narowed-it-down more.

    Have to wait for someone to post w/ a flash drive that is recognized as a fixed drive.

    I had a similar problem in W7 & found a fix that shuts down the WU service then starts it back up.
    I'll have to try that one out... soon 8)


    *Edit: That test didn't work...
     
  9. MrG

    MrG MDL Addicted

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    Same end results & easily works on a flash drive :biggrin:
     
  10. hack

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    Also had similar results trying to fool windows with a driver. I then tried the production tools and change my Trancend Jet flash 32GB to a USB Hard Disk. Thinking that the Windows to Go would work something like Linux Live however you need a really fast Flash drive. Windows warning that performance would be affected on a Non Certified drive is a bit of an under statement. I am not waiting 3 hours for it to get to the logon screen every time I plug it into new hardware. My next step is a proper 120GB USB 3 Drive enclosure with a SSD
     
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    VelleX MDL Member

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    I bought a new Sandisk Extreme 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive. Applying image took about 5 minutes. First Boot about 8 minutes. Normal boot about 50 seconds.

    With my normal USB 2.0 Flash Drive first boot took 1,5 hours, and applying image also took about 100 minutes.
     
  12. HxCPokecore

    HxCPokecore MDL Novice

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    Hm, well there's a website that will be selling a WD 500GB 3.0 drive for $20 in a week. I'll probably pick one up.
     
  13. quietus

    quietus MDL Novice

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    #17 quietus, Aug 23, 2012
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    Weird, because I managed to get this to work with my Samsung S2 1TB using the built in Windows To Go wizard. Just plugged it in and it was recognized, I can click next and choose an image (I tested this with a x86 trial image).

    Am I missing something here?

    i47.tinypic.com/1569vlk.png
     
  14. hack

    hack MDL Senior Member

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    The drive needs to be detected as "Hard Disk Drives" Not as "Devices With Removable Storage" for Windows To Go to Allow you installation. Generally if you plug in the drive and you can Right click on it in Windows Explorer and select "Eject" Windows To Go will not allow you to install to it.

    The Trancend JetFlash could be Read from @ 30MB/s but I could only Write to it @ 10MB/s. Windows writes a lot of info to the System Drive
     
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