Windows 10: Which USB flash drives work best when using Media Creation Tool?

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  1.    27 May 2017 #1

    Which USB flash drives work best when using Media Creation Tool?


    Hi,
    Ive used Rufus successfully before to create Bootable USB Flash Drive Windows 10 Installation Media. This time I wanted to do a clean installation and cut out the need for Third Party Rufus by just using the Windows Media Creation Tool to create my bootable USB flash drive. My flash drive is a Sandisk Ultra 16gb SDCZ40 model that I bought a while ago. Having read online about people having problems with flash drives including Sandisk..I contacted Sandisk Tech Support..whose advice was useless!! They told me they don't recommend anybody to use a USB flash drive for Windows installations. People should always use SSD drives according to them!! They told me it might work..might not...they say they aren't tested for Windows installation usage only for file storage!! Anyway..Ive created the USB flash drive this morning using the Windows Media Creation Tool. Everything seemed to go without any problems. Ive tested it by rebooting then F12 and the Sandisk Ultra is there. I'm going to try the clean installation as soon as I get chance. Has anyone else used the Sandisk Ultra 16gb USB flash drive successfully? Am I likely to have any problems with this flash drive?

    Ive always been happy with Sandisk until I spoke to them yesterday. If I decide to use another USB flash drive brand in the future...which USB flash drives work well with the Windows Media Creation Tool?
    Anybodys feedback here would be much appreciated..Thanks
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  2.    27 May 2017 #2

    I've never really noticed that it makes much difference. Over the years, I've used Patriot Memory, Mushkin, Kingston, AData, Super-Talent, HP, DataPro, and yes, even SanDisk for bootable USB Windows installations, all with equal success. Honestly, I don't think the brand makes a whole lot of difference -- at least, not in my experience. Forum stalwart/guru NavyLCDR often observes, and I concur, that when Rufus enters the picture, it can be the cause of many issues arising during the creation and use of bootable USB drives. For good information on this topic the Create Bootable USB Flash Drive to Install Windows 10 Windows 10 Installation Upgrade Tutorials tutorial is helpful.
    --Ed--
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  3.    27 May 2017 #3

    EdTittel said: View Post
    I've never really noticed that it makes much difference. Over the years, I've used Patriot Memory, Mushkin, Kingston, AData, Super-Talent, HP, DataPro, and yes, even SanDisk for bootable USB Windows installations, all with equal success. Honestly, I don't think the brand makes a whole lot of difference -- at least, not in my experience. Forum stalwart/guru NavyLCDR often observes, and I concur, that when Rufus enters the picture, it can be the cause of many issues arising during the creation and use of bootable USB drives. For good information on this topic the Create Bootable USB Flash Drive to Install Windows 10 Windows 10 Installation Upgrade Tutorials tutorial is helpful.
    --Ed--
    Hi Ed, Yeah those are the tutorials I always use. I followed that tutorial for the Rufus method I used last time.
    Ive used the tutorials again this time as I want to use solely the Windows Media Creation Tool to create my bootable USB flash drive (without using Rufus at all). Do you use the Windows Media Creation Tool to create your bootable USB flash drive? I just wanted to try this method this time and cut out Third Party Rufus if I can. I know the Diskpart method is another way too..Ive also used that in the past
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 Build 1709
       27 May 2017 #4

    Hi sportsfan148

    I use the MCT to create my bootable USB's. If you use it now it will use the Creator Update version of Windows.

    Just follow the steps and the tool takes care of it.

    Ken
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  5.    27 May 2017 #5

    Caledon Ken said: View Post
    Hi sportsfan148

    I use the MCT to create my bootable USB's. If you use it now it will use the Creator Update version of Windows.

    Just follow the steps and the tool takes care of it.

    Ken
    Hi Ken,
    Have you ever used Sandisk Flash drives or had any issues with different brands? I'm using the Sandisk Ultra and I don't want to run into any installation problems
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    Win 10 Pro x64 17133.1 Slow
       27 May 2017 #6

    Yesterday I used a SanDisk Extreme Pro (USB 3.0), Rufus and the Windows Media Creation Tool to make a bootable USB flash using the tutorial on the forum and all went like clock work. Several years ago I was really into digital photography and for me the SanDisk CF and SD cards were the most reliable. I also used their USB drives for ReadyBoost on our Vista computers and they never died. I also have a bootable DVD but did the USB as a back up to that.
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  7.    27 May 2017 #7

    I've used several Sandisk flash drives for stock Windows install and other recovery drives and they work fine.
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  •    27 May 2017 #8

    Just about any would be fine I would say. I have a PNY I use the most, but also have Sandisk and another somewhere I can't pin point just now . Have used them all at one time or another.
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  •    27 May 2017 #9

    Fisher Mann said: View Post
    Yesterday I used a SanDisk Extreme Pro (USB 3.0), Rufus and the Windows Media Creation Tool to make a bootable USB flash using the tutorial on the forum and all went like clock work. Several years ago I was really into digital photography and for me the SanDisk CF and SD cards were the most reliable. I also used their USB drives for ReadyBoost on our Vista computers and they never died. I also have a bootable DVD but did the USB as a back up to that.
    Did you use the Sandisk Extreme Pro without Rufus? By that I mean did you create your Bootable USB flash drive using the Media Creation Tool method?
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  •    27 May 2017 #10

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    I've used several Sandisk flash drives for stock Windows install and other recovery drives and they work fine.
    Have you used them with the Media Creation Tool Method to create the bootable media (no Rufus and not the Diskpart method?) I wonder what theyre talking about then when they say there are issues with Sandisk USB flash drives when creating Windows Installation Media with the Media Creation Tool. They talk about the drives not being recognised by the Media Creation Tool or the system Reserved Partition not being created?
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