Windows on flash memory

By Tedster ยท 8 replies
Jul 24, 2005
  1. With flash memory getting bigger and bigger, pretty soon I'm sure one can boot windows right off a flash disk.... I'm just wondering if anyone has done this?
  2. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,569

    ohhh, i wouldn't go that far just yet. i doubt bios's would be able to do such a thing. besides, then you've got the windows boot loader to worry about...
  3. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Newer mobo's let you boot from USB-keys.
    W98/SE or W2K would easily fit on a 1GB USB-key, no reason why that should not work!
  4. smtkr

    smtkr TS Rookie Posts: 131

    I haven't checked in a while, but I think the speed of flash memory is much slower than hard drives, so it's not a viable solution.
  5. i_need_answers

    i_need_answers TS Rookie Posts: 76

    I heard something about in the future they could put Windows on a ROM chip
    which could make boot times that are as long as it takes you to hit the power button. :)
  6. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Topic Starter Posts: 6,002   +15

    I think with the faster memory speeds coming out that this wouldn't be an issue. Also mermory is solid state and more or less should move data faster than a mechanical item like a hard drive, right?
  7. i_need_answers

    i_need_answers TS Rookie Posts: 76

    That's what I was driving at. Except I mean't RAM instead of ROM.
  8. urbandragon

    urbandragon TS Rookie Posts: 231

    As a small tidbit to this.. what about knoppix.. its a linux distro that runs from memory/cdrom.. hdd not needed.

    I am sure you could fit that on an external USB flash card and it run just fine....
  9. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,569

    this is news to me. i suppose someday there would be solid-state data systems replacing conventional magnetic harddrives.
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