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Old Mar 14, 2013, 04:07 PM   #1
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Is it possible to run windows 7 via usb stick and virtual box? I have seen tutorials about putting windows 7 on a memory stick and running it that way but it only works on another windows PC. Is there any way to run windows 7 on MBA this way? My MBA has the 64 gig SSD. I need windows for a very specific reason for work but I don't want to give up using my MBA for everything else.

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Old Mar 14, 2013, 04:20 PM   #2
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Yes, it is possible, as the VM can be stored almost anywhere you like. You will be just limited by the write/read speed of the USB flash memory thumb drive, as the cheap ones only offer 5 to 15 MB/s, the more expensive ones can saturate the USB 2.0 bus with its 37 MB/s.
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Old Mar 14, 2013, 06:41 PM   #3
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If the OP's MBA is a 2012, the USB is 3.0. That's a significant speed increase over 2.0.
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Is it possible to run windows 7 via usb stick and virtual box? I have seen tutorials about putting windows 7 on a memory stick and running it that way but it only works on another windows PC. Is there any way to run windows 7 on MBA this way? My MBA has the 64 gig SSD. I need windows for a very specific reason for work but I don't want to give up using my MBA for everything else.

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Good idea, aspecially when you have a 2012 Air. I hope it'll work! Would be great and save you a lot of space.
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Good idea, aspecially when you have a 2012 Air. I hope it'll work! Would be great and save you a lot of space.
I'm certain it does - coz I'm using it on my 2011 11" MBA! Just a tad bit slow on my Sandisk Cruzer Fit though.
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I'm certain it does - coz I'm using it on my 2011 11" MBA! Just a tad bit slow on my Sandisk Cruzer Fit though.
Isn't a UHS-1 SD Card an option for you?
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Isn't a UHS-1 SD Card an option for you?
The 11" MBA does NOT come with an SD card reader...
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The 11" MBA does NOT come with an SD card reader...
Oh ofcourse, slipped my mind, sorry!
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