Windows 10: Anyone tried installing to SD card

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  1. Posts : 397
    Windows 10 Pro x86 and x64 dual boot
       01 Apr 2016 #1

    Anyone tried installing to SD card


    I just bought an SD card adaptor which is a cheaper option than SSD and plan to try to install windows to an SD card, anyone experimented with this? Wonder what speed will be like?
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  2.    01 Apr 2016 #2

    The official Windows to Go utility will not install to removable media. I haven't bothered with any of the work around do it your self methods. My Raspberry Pi boots from and runs its OS from a uSD card just fine. The faster the card is the better. My SanDisk Ultra class 10 blows away my low speed basic Kingston uSD card. The difference is easily noticeable.
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  3.    01 Apr 2016 #3

    banger said: View Post
    I just bought an SD card adaptor which is a cheaper option than SSD and plan to try to install windows to an SD card, anyone experimented with this? Wonder what speed will be like?
    I've seen guys trim an external hard drive to fit a sata cable, but that's a drive, not a card. I doubt it.
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  4.    01 Apr 2016 #4

    Windows itself, won't install to removable media either. Plus, your PC would have to support booting from your card reader. My laptop will not boot from its SD card slot.
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  5. Posts : 397
    Windows 10 Pro x86 and x64 dual boot
    Thread Starter
       01 Apr 2016 #5

    The adaptor is IDE/PATA to SD card which people seem to be missing.
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  6.    01 Apr 2016 #6

    banger said: View Post
    The adaptor is IDE/PATA to SD card which people seem to be missing.
    Perhaps cuz you didn't mention that in detail.
    Give it a shot, let us know if it works.
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  7.    01 Apr 2016 #7

    Edwin said: View Post
    Perhaps cuz you didn't mention that in detail.
    Give it a shot, let us know if it works.
    To the "you didn't mention that part".
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  • Posts : 397
    Windows 10 Pro x86 and x64 dual boot
    Thread Starter
       01 Apr 2016 #8

    Sorry must have been in the Reflect thread its been a long day haha. Question is will it boot xp I doubt 10 will run on my laptop
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  •    01 Apr 2016 #9

    Performance will depend on the exact SD card used. Only the best will have performance approaching that of an SSD. Also it seems that wear leveling is not part of the SD specs. The better ones will have it but the cheaper ones probably not.
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  •    01 Apr 2016 #10

    I'm running 10 on my old in the tooth desktop PC's no problem. YMMV though.
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