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 PostPost subject: Installing Windows to a USB drive?        Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 2:03 pm 
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I have a P4 Mobile laptop here with a dead HDD and right now I'm way too busy to go into the city to buy a HDD for it (plus I think the IDE Controller on the mobo is dead). I have a question - can you install Windows to a flash drive? If so how? I've got a 1gb and 2GB one here... and I'd preferably like to install Windows 2000 or XP.


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 2:08 pm 
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It is possible, but not on all system even if you system can boot.

You can use BartPE for this.

Just search the internet for a ready to go torrent, or a guide.
But were are speaking about Windows XP, and its warez, so i dont give links on the forum.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 2:21 pm 
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You would need to modify an Windows XP CD. I still have that disk somewhere around. It took hours to be installed and then it didnt work anyway...


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 6:31 pm 
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i also tried but to no avail. the tutorial was slightly different than what was on my disc and i never got it working. also note that putting an os on your usb is very slow and will also read/write a lot more on your usb shortening its lifespan. but your best bet would be bartpe as mentioned. but why would windows shutdown usb on start up anyway???


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 8:10 pm 
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MSFN.org's forums have an entire subforum dedicated to installing XP from USB: http://www.msfn.org/board/Install-XP-from-USB-f157.html

Then there's Boot-Land's Winbuilder, which has many different projects that focus around running Windows 3.1 thru Vista on USB sticks - http://www.boot-land.net


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 8:23 pm 
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The so called "BartPE" (and all the other clones of Microsoft WinPE) are NOT full versions of windows. It really annoys me when people come to that conclusion.

http://www.911cd.net/forums//index.php? ... ntry114579

Dietmar & co have got it sorted. REAL windows xp installing to USB. see the link above.

It will not shorten the lifespan of flash AT ALL if you use the ewf from windows embedded. ALL drive writes are redirected to RAM, so the flash lives forever. see

http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/winnt-b ... tions.html

etc for more info in EWF.


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Thu Aug 14, 2008 12:49 am 
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i dont htnk anyone said it was xp just ti was a good alternative. and i didnt know abotu the seocnd part thanks but i do have say say loading the kernels to ram is more than normal usuage im sure htough it will alst much longer since you mentioned that.


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Thu Aug 14, 2008 2:17 am 
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zamadatix wrote:
i dont htnk anyone said it was xp just ti was a good alternative. and i didnt know abotu the seocnd part thanks but i do have say say loading the kernels to ram is more than normal usuage im sure htough it will alst much longer since you mentioned that.


I'm not even sure what you are trying to say. Yes, it is XP. Most people just say that it's XP and everyone assumes that everything will be there. What most people don't realize is that, I'm pretty sure about this, Explorer isn't even there so that you don't even get a shell. It's a very stripped down XP. Secondly, he said that it doesn't WRITE anything back to the flash drive, it stores all changes that would normally be written to the hard-drive, or flash drive in this case, in RAM instead, which doesn't have anything to do with the kernel. Flash drives are only good for a certain number of writes before they start going bad. This thing he's talking about prevents XP from constantly writing to the flash drive which means that the drive won't go bad as quickly.


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Its possible if your BIOS can boot from USB

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Thu Aug 14, 2008 7:49 am 
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Windows (or most other operating system for that matter) would be slow on USB. USB is only so fast.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Thu Aug 14, 2008 1:41 pm 
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mdogg wrote:
Windows (or most other operating system for that matter) would be slow on USB. USB is only so fast.


yet another silly myth. firstly, run HDTach or similar on a hdd from a couple of years ago, now compare it with a usb flash speed. oh look! they are about the same!

also, you have neglected to realise there is zero seek time on flash, so booting is quicker!

have you never wondered how ReadyBoost works?


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Fri Aug 15, 2008 2:27 am 
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bob wrote:
The so called "BartPE" (and all the other clones of Microsoft WinPE) are NOT full versions of windows. It really annoys me when people come to that conclusion.

Calm down. Winbuilder offers both BartPE-like projects that run from USB, and it also offers a way to easily install Windows to a USB drive.


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"The actual throughput currently (2006) attained with real devices is about two thirds of the maximum theoretical bulk data transfer rate of 53.248 MB/s."

So no, USB isn't quite as fast as PATA100/133 or SATA. Unless you have a semi-newer or performance hard-drive it really doesn't make a difference though.


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Use the Tool from http://www.wintotal.de/Software/index.php?id=3181. The Tool format the USB Stick as Hard Disk.

You can install DOS into the USB-Stick and then Install Windows 3.11/9x/Me.


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There is ever made a Windows XP lite for on a USB that is spread on rapidshare and torrents. But because that it is warez, I can't give you any link.

There is a site, where a many helpfiles how to install linux on a USB drive. This is the site: http://www.pendrivelinux.com/

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You could try a live disk, as it is you HD that is dead, your DVD drive should work better than a USB stick, so you can use the Stick to save your work.

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