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Installing Windows 8 via USB 3.0 Flash Drive

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June 20, 2013 5:49:18 PM

I'm going to be setting up a brand new rig in about a week and I thought of an issue that may arise. I'll be installing Windows 8 onto a hard drive (with a Z87 mobo) from a USB 3.0 flash drive. Will I be able to do this considering it is USB 3.0 and USB 2.0? While the board supports USB 3.0, would I need the drivers for it before being able to use the flash drive? (AKA I will have to use disc/USB 2.0 drive)

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June 20, 2013 5:56:08 PM

It'll be fine, USB 3.0 devices will work fine in USB 2.0 ports. If you try to install Windows via a USB 3.0 port on your computer, it probably won't work as USB 3.0 ports require drivers and some boards can't use them for boot up.

Short answer: You can use the 3.0 drive in a 2.0 port. Do that, install, be happy.
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June 20, 2013 6:02:24 PM

nosupport4u said:
It'll be fine, USB 3.0 devices will work fine in USB 2.0 ports. If you try to install Windows via a USB 3.0 port on your computer, it probably won't work as USB 3.0 ports require drivers and some boards can't use them for boot up.

Short answer: You can use the 3.0 drive in a 2.0 port. Do that, install, be happy.


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