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VisionTek USB Pocket SSD 120GB (900718), Pocket Sized Speed Demon

VisionTeks Recipe for a Bootable Pocket SSD

Note: Before beginning any type of system update or upgrade, you should always BACK UP YOUR DATA as there exists the potential for data loss. VisionTek assumes no responsibility for your data and provides these configuration and/or usage recommendations only as a suggestion.

Obtain a legal copy of Microsoft Windows 8/8.1 ISO file by following instructions here. NOTE: Do not download the ISO file to the VisionTek USB Pocket SSD, just download the ISO file to the internal drive on your PC.
Boot your PC, launch a Command prompt, type “diskpart”, and then press the “Enter” key.
Type each of the following and press the “Enter” key after each line.
DISKPART> list disk
DISKPART> select disk # (Where # is the USB SSD)
DISKPART> create partition primary
DISKPART> select partition 1
DISKPART> active
DISKPART> format fs=NTFS
DISKPART> assign
Download WinToUSB to the VisionTek USB Pocket SSD here.
Load the ISO file onto the VisionTek USB Pocket SSD, select Boot and System drive as the USB SSD partition.
Restart the computer and, after changing the Boot Device Priority in your BIOS (refer to your motherboard manual for instructions as well as this helpful guide), you can now boot into Windows directly from the VisionTek USB Pocket SSD.

Important Notes When Using The VisionTek USB Pocket SSD As A Bootable Drive
Do NOT remove the Pocket SSD while saving data, transferring data, or when the drive is booted into Windows.
To remove the Pocket SSD, follow the normal Windows shut-down procedure. Doing otherwise may result in data corruption or loss of data.
When used as a Windows boot drive, the Pocket SSD will perform just like a normal Windows environment.
The Pocket SSD is usable on multiple computers as a standalone installation, meaning you can move it from machine to machine. HOWEVER, if there is another SSD or HDD installed in the machine, you will have to change the Boot Device Priority setting in the motherboard’s BIOS.

Review Overview

Performance - 8
Value - 8.5
Innovation - 9
Features - 8
Quality - 8.5


The VisionTek USB 3.0 performed well but to perform at full speed requires a re-format to 4k sectors. Even using legacy 512K sectors performance was high and the drive is durable enough to survive the toughest road warrior.

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