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Auto Format USB "stick" why? - Paul D. - 12-10-2015

Why does wintousb automatically format my USB sticks? I'd like to partition and format myself so I could explore and use various options. Thanks.


RE: Auto Format USB "stick" why? - admin - 12-13-2015

If you want to create a Windows To Go Workspace, you must convert the USB flash drive to MBR or GPT partition scheme. Unfortunately Windows can't do this, so you must use a third-party tool to complete the conversion, this is not so easy for some people. In addition, using a third-party tool to create the system or boot partition may be preventing Windows from starting correctly.


RE: Auto Format USB "stick" why? - Paul D. - 12-13-2015

(12-13-2015, 12:18 AM)admin Wrote: If you want to create a Windows To Go Workspace, you must convert the USB flash drive to MBR or GPT partition scheme. Unfortunately Windows can't do this, so you must use a third-party tool to complete the conversion, this is not so easy for some people. In addition, using a third-party tool to create the system or boot partition may be preventing Windows from starting correctly.

It's quite easy to create a Windows bootable device with Bcdboot.exe but thanks for the response. Having the Legacy option would be nice for USB flash drives, that's all. Cheers.


RE: Auto Format USB "stick" why? - admin - 12-13-2015

From our tests and user feedback, VHD(X)-based Windows To Go has best compatibility when using non-certified drives (such as USB flash drive) to create Windows To Go workspace. So if you use a non-certified drive to create Windows To Go, WinToUSB will create a VHD(X)-based Windows To Go, if you use a certified drives or a USB hard drive to create Windows To Go workspace, then you can install Windows directly onto a USB drive.


RE: Auto Format USB "stick" why? - Paul D. - 12-13-2015

Thanks for the information. I just ordered a new faster USB Flash Drive from Amazon so I will check out the VHD(X) installation.