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  1. mrje1's Avatar
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    Best Flash Drive and GB's for installation after a clean install?


    Hello Everyone,

    What flash drive do you recommend to get and the amount of GB's I would need to make a bootable flash drive for installing windows 10 or even making a backup image for that purpose?

    Thank you!
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  2. Bree's Avatar
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    The Media Creation Tool makes install media that would fit on a 4GB usb if you just make the 32 or 64 bit media. The dual 32/64 bit media requires an 8GB usb. Any good brand should do. I've used SanDisk and Lexar without problems.


    For a system image I wouldn't trust a flash drive. While I've not had one die on me (yet) they are not said to be as reliable as an external usb HDD.
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  3. mrje1's Avatar
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    Bree said: View Post
    The Media Creation Tool makes install media that would fit on a 4GB usb if you just make the 32 or 64 bit media. The dual 32/64 bit media requires an 8GB usb. Any good brand should do. I've used SanDisk and Lexar without problems.
    For a system image I wouldn't trust a flash drive. While I've not had one die on me (yet) they are not said to be as reliable as an external usb HDD.
    Thank you very much Bree!!! Now, USB 2.0 or 3.0 should I get?
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  4. mrje1's Avatar
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    I ended up getting this one.

    https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    If anyone thinks I made the wrong choice, please let me know. Thank you again!
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  5. Bree's Avatar
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    mrje1 said: View Post
    I ended up getting this one...
    Should be fine. Reputable brand.

    Now, USB 2.0 or 3.0...?
    I've not got any usb3 ones, my usb2 ones work fine on usb3 machines...
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  6. Phone Man's Avatar
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    I have used the 8GB version for years. That is a great price on the 16GB.

    Jim
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  7. bobkn's Avatar
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    In my opinion, USB2 is fine as an installation medium.

    USB3 is nominally faster, but:

    1) Windows won't install significantly faster from a fast USB drive (but much faster than from a DVD)

    2) A USB 3 drive has a USB 3 interface, but no guarantee of fast performance.
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  8.    #8

    I have a 32 GB USB 3.0 drive containing Windows setup files as well as personal files.
    It took 10-odd minutes to clean-install version 1709.
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  9. mrje1's Avatar
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    Hey Everyone,

    Sorry for the late reply here. Thank you very much for the awesome info.
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  10. mrje1's Avatar
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    Bree said: View Post
    Should be fine. Reputable brand.
    I've not got any usb3 ones, my usb2 ones work fine on usb3 machines...
    Great! Thank you for your help Bree! So far so good on the ones I got.
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