USB 3.0 Windows bootable installation flash drive

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jman19428
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I have tried a SanDisk Extreme USB 3.0 Flash Drive (16GB) to install all kinds of Windows 7 (from 64-bit to 32-bit). I talked to SanDisk customer support today and asked why doesn't this work and they said that there flash drives are not tested in bootable environments. So, I want to know if there are any certified bootable USB 3.0 flash drives out there that can do what I want (just to install windows 7).

Thanks ahead of time
-Josh

Razear
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Just because it hasn't been tested, doesn't mean it can't be done on the drive. The flash drive you have will likely work fine.

Here is a good, lengthy guide on how to use a USB flash drive as a boot drive for Windows: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/windows-pocket,1113.html

kbeam418
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You should be able to boot from the flash drive just fine.

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jman19428
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I know I should be able to but I keep getting an error trying to make the partition. I cant remember the error exactly but it said something about checking the Setup log files. I looked into it and it meant that the USB is considered a HDD to windows. Just to inform you I currently have it all running and change to different operating systems every day on my USB 2.0 drive.

FYI - Just so you all know my background, I am currently working as a help desk supervisor in a High School and I either take help desk calls myself or ask one of the kids in my co-workers Cisco Networking class (which I also am an instructional assistant for). I am making this flash drive so it is easier to install the version of Windows 7 that I have created for the school (just fully updated past SP1 and put MS office 2010) It works with my USB 2.0 flash drive but NO version of Windows 7 works with this new 3.0 flash drive. TBH I am just looking for a USB 3.0 Drive that's about 16gb that some of you have tested on here as working for installing Windows 7.