Windows 8.1 on USB

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by prvt.donut, Feb 28, 2014.

  1. prvt.donut macrumors 6502a

    prvt.donut

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    I want to get Windows 8.1 on my Mac, but I am not interested in virtualisation or using up precious SSD space.

    What I am interested in is SanDisk's new 128GB Extreme PRO USB 3.0 with read/writes clocking in at over 240MB/s. This seems like it could be an excellent way to get use Windows on the now un-upgradable Macs.

    But, can anyone who has experienced USB booting Windows foresee any issues with these new fast drives? (Not Windows-to-go)
     
  2. ha1o2surfer macrumors 6502

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    Unless your using Windows-to-go, Windows doesn't support booting off a USB device. There may be some workarounds but when I tried it, it can be weird when installing apps and running software that wants the drive letter to be static.
     
  3. Typswif2fingers macrumors 6502

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    Good luck.

    I tried but it didn't work for me. My activation code did not work...
     
  4. prvt.donut thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Interesting, I think I may have to look into Windows to go. I've opted not to use win8 because of storage constraints.
     
  6. ChristianJapan macrumors 601

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    We tried WTG in our company ... The USB sticks get hot, really hot. And break sooner. Not sure if we still have some. Use it is ok, but make sure your data is somewhere else. I got my WTG replaced with a Lenovo Helix.
     

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