What's a recommended USB drive for a dedicated Windows 10 boot device?

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  1. Posts : 4,555
    Windows 10 Pro
       #31

    16 to 20GB would be an average install size.
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    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       #32

    A bootable Windows 10 iso which opens Windows Recovery Environment (RE) can be used to troubleshoot many problems.

    Other steps:

    a) make free backup images > restore images as needed

    b) backup the registry > restore the registry as needed
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    Windows 10 Home 20H2
       #33

    cytherian said:
    I rechecked my C:\Windows folder and it's showing as 615Gb.
    Mine, on version 20H2.

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       #34

    I've been playing with NVMe drives in USB-A or USB-C enclosures that support USB 3.1 or 3.2 with good results. I've got SSDs from 256 GB (paid about US$50) to 1 TB (paid about US$140) at my disposal. The smaller size is enough for 25-30 various Windows ISOs and toolsets; the larger one will handle up to 100. Ventoy really is a game-changer.
    HTH,
    --Ed--
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    Win 10 Pro 64-bit v1909 - Build 18363 Custom ISO Install
       #35

    Hello @EdTittel,

    EdTittel said:
    I've been playing with NVMe drives in USB-A or USB-C enclosures that support USB 3.1 or 3.2 with good results. I've got SSDs from 256 GB (paid about US$50) to 1 TB (paid about US$140) at my disposal. The smaller size is enough for 25-30 various Windows ISOs and toolsets; the larger one will handle up to 100. Ventoy really is a game-changer.
    HTH,
    --Ed--
    I agree. I actually made a post in this thread about it [ Post #4 ].
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    Windows 10 v. 21H1, Build 19043.1348
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       #36

    EdTittel said:
    I've been playing with NVMe drives in USB-A or USB-C enclosures that support USB 3.1 or 3.2 with good results. I've got SSDs from 256 GB (paid about US$50) to 1 TB (paid about US$140) at my disposal. The smaller size is enough for 25-30 various Windows ISOs and toolsets; the larger one will handle up to 100. Ventoy really is a game-changer.
    HTH,
    --Ed--
    Thanks, Ed. I had considered an NVMe drive last year but paid a little more for the Corsair GTX, as I wanted the high portability with solid cap seal. That's dedicated for large file transfers between devices and backups. I had also picked up a Kingston A400 2.5" 240GB SSD SATA 3, for just $30. The casing is nicely done so it doesn't need an enclosure, but of course it requires a SATA adapter to use (instead of USB)... and read/write speeds clock at 22/29 mbps respectively. Do you have a link to the NVMe drive builds you've done?

    Also, thanks for making your blog available -- just checked it out and I'm learning a lot there. Ventoy is the really big eye opener. Powerful stuff!
    Last edited by cytherian; 10 Apr 2021 at 15:42.
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  7. Posts : 7,450
    Windows 10 Home 20H2
       #37

    cytherian said:
    you can copy over an ISO to that device and then boot from it, straight off?
    You can copy multiple ISO files onto the device and select which one to boot your PC from.
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  8. Posts : 4,224
    Windows 10
       #38

    @cytherian: if you run these canned searches at edtittel.com and win10.guru, you'll find most of what I've written about NVMe drives and messing with Ventoy. Hope this helps you get where you'd like to go. Feel free to PM me if you have specific follow-up questions. Cheers!
    --Ed--
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