Windows 10: Boot from SD card Reader?

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  1.    30 Oct 2014 #31

    Hi there

    An even better scenario for you might be to download the ENTERPRISE version of say W10 and create a Windows to Go on an external SSD. Won't take a huge amount of space on the SSD so you could still keep a lot over for your pictures.

    You could install say Photoshop on it too -- so if the OS in your laptop became "broken" you could continue working by booting up the Windows to go -- and while working you could run the restore from the Windows to Go SSD. !!

    An external SSD running Windows to go works very well indeed (including Photoshop !!).

    You don't need a "Certified device to use Windows to go.

    Create one manually : (Same instructions whether W8 or W10. W10 is probably the one to use as you can download the ENTERPRISE version free !!.

    http://www.admin-magazine.com/Articl...on-a-USB-Drive

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  2.    30 Oct 2014 #32

    That's also a good idea to look into.

    Personally though I don't see why you need to go through hoping your card reader with an SD card works when USB thumb drives are so cheap and readily available. I think it's a bit much, but someone wanted to know thus my post.

    Why not just create a bootable thumb drive and be done with it. It's certainly cheaper than an SD of CF/card reader combo. And even if your laptop has a built in SD card reader as mine does, a thumb drive is still cheaper and faster.

    I get that it's nice to have options and all, but really... ???

    My two cents.
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  3.    30 Oct 2014 #33

    Hi there

    Agreed - but the technical challenge was interesting and storing the image on an internal SD card which I rarely use is a good place to ensure it's never lost !! (especially out in the field).

    The Windows to Go idea is another matter - I often work in several different countries so it's nice to have my OWN versions of OFFICE etc. On a lot of company / client's laptops you can't usually install your own software so it's quite handy having an alternative possibility - a lot of shops are quite happy at booting up a Windows to Go system even on their own computers.

    For recovery a cheap fast USB3 stick of course is probably the best solution !!!.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  4.    30 Oct 2014 #34

    A home grown Windows To Go though, especially one that's not Enterprise will likely have activation issues if used on multiple PC's. I say likely because I haven't tested it myself so I'm guessing.
    There is one way to avoid any activation problems - that is if you install any Windows under VMware Player. If you then move the VMware Player file to e.g. an external SSD, you can run it on any system that has VMware Player installed. I run 8.1 that way. The activation considers VMware Player as the home system. Besides, it also avoids any driver problems.

    Here are 2 videos I made runnung Windows 8 fro VMware Player. The first video shows the operational advantages runnung on my Dell XPS 8300. The second video shows the same system running on a more modest Dell Inspiron 530 from USB2.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brhikdjNXIw

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLmMPqOGv3I
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  5.    02 Nov 2014 #35

    whs said: View Post
    A home grown Windows To Go though, especially one that's not Enterprise will likely have activation issues if used on multiple PC's. I say likely because I haven't tested it myself so I'm guessing.
    There is one way to avoid any activation problems - that is if you install any Windows under VMware Player. If you then move the VMware Player file to e.g. an external SSD, you can run it on any system that has VMware Player installed. I run 8.1 that way. The activation considers VMware Player as the home system. Besides, it also avoids any driver problems.

    Here are 2 videos I made runnung Windows 8 fro VMware Player. The first video shows the operational advantages runnung on my Dell XPS 8300. The second video shows the same system running on a more modest Dell Inspiron 530 from USB2.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brhikdjNXIw

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLmMPqOGv3I
    Hi there

    Generally true but sometimes OFFICE will ask for a re-activation -- Windows itself manages just fine as does my copy of Photoshop CS6 (the last one before the wretched subscription stuff came out).

    I've run the same VM image under both Linux and Windows - no problems 99% of the time -- beware though if you update VMware tools THEN "New hardware" might be recognized.

    As always with windows activation - there don't seem to be any standard repeatable rules - especially when Virtual Machines are involved.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  6.    02 Nov 2015 #36

    sygnus21 said: View Post
    Hey guys/gals, need some help.

    We're having a discussion over at DP Review. It's a photography site, but they also have a PC Talk forum. Anyway there's a discussion thread - USB thumb drives vs Card Readers in which we're trying to figure out if Windows will boot from a card reader with a SD card installed?

    Basically you install the boot media on the SD card, use a card reader to read and boot from it.

    I've never tried or seen this so I may be completely wrong, but I contend that neither Windows nor the BIOS will recognize the card reader as a valid boot drive.

    Am I right, wrong? Why?

    I'm ADMint over there BTW.

    Thanks.
    It ultimately will depend on the BIOS / UEFI firmware of your device. I know on my tablet an SD card is bootable only if it is formatted as GPT with an EFI boot partition. Older BIOSes should be fine of it can boot standard MBR formatted disks.
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  7.    14 Jan 2016 #37

    senturion1186 said: View Post
    It ultimately will depend on the BIOS / UEFI firmware of your device. I know on my tablet an SD card is bootable only if it is formatted as GPT with an EFI boot partition. Older BIOSes should be fine of it can boot standard MBR formatted disks.
    How does someone check in the BIOS if it supports Booting from SD/MicroSD? What do we look for?
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       14 Jan 2016 #38

    xbliss said: View Post
    How does someone check in the BIOS if it supports Booting from SD/MicroSD? What do we look for?
    Should not need to check in the BIOS, you basically hit the key for the quick boot menu and then choose the SD/MicroSD.
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  9.    14 Jan 2016 #39

    Indianatone said: View Post
    Plop / Elmar Hanlhofer - Boot Managers (2)
    If for whatever reason your bios does not see what you want to boot from this tool will make it bootable.
    Great idea, but I guess it has its limitations

    jimbo45 said: View Post
    Hi there

    OK that's fine too - but you see what I mean - the OS has to basically load a driver if the device isn't recognized at BIOS power on.

    IMO having a small Linux OS to load the drivers and then boot is fine but essentially a "Get around".

    You'd still need to run this OS from an EXTERNAL device before the system would boot from say an INTERNAL Card reader so you'd still have to initially plug in a USB stick or other device to get this to boot from an internal SD card. (If you didn't do this and used this program on an internal HDD then it's also "cheating").

    With say no HDD in a laptop and just the INTERNAL SD card present can this program boot the computer -- I somehow don't think so. With an HDD in place - then yes it can. I can boot a Linux system from /dev/mmcblk01 (internal sd card) if the bootstrap is read first from the HDD in the laptop - but that's not what I think we are trying to do. !!

    What I want someone to do is REMOVE the HDD from a laptop and with ONLY the internal SD card available BOOT the laptop with NO EXTERNAL USB DEVICES connected.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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