Laptop without Hdd, Should I Install a Windows on a USB Flash Drive or External Hard Drive? What’s The Difference?

Guys I have an extra laptop it works fine but doesn’t have a hard drive. I have an internal hard drive but the laptops connection cable is broken so I cannot plug it. I was thinking of getting one of those hard drive enclosures and use it as an external hard drive and install windows on it. But on the other hand I have options to install it on flash drives. But the thing is when I transfer files using USB 3 port, flash drives speed is 10-15mb/s and external hard drives is 90-100mb/s. So I don’t know what to do. Any suggestions?

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    Get a new cable.

    Can you post a photo of the internal HDD and cable? The cable probably won't be that expensive.

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    You can get a faster USB flash drive such as the SanDisk Extreme 16GB USB Drive which would score 190MB/s write, 200MB/s read.

    If you have an integrated SD card reader/writer in your laptop, then you can get SanDisk Exteme Pro 128GB SDXC (Read 170MB/s, Write 90MB/s) which will give you bigger storage at reasonable price.

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      Yes it does but the thing is it’s a second laptop and I don’t wanna spend much money 😂 like I wanna use whatever I have. I have a 64gb and 128gb micro sd cards and a USB 3 sd card reader. But it writes about 10-15mb/s. And the hdd is 750gb 2.5” internal hdd. So my question is, is it better to use the USB card reader and use one of the sd cards to install windows (which I’ve tried and turned out to be too slow) or use an external hdd enclosure to use the hdd. Also I am not sure if the sd cards are slow or the USB 3 card reader is

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    does the laptop have a dvd drive?

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    Even if I get a cable, the motherboard internal hdd slot is damaged

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    You won't be able to install normal Windows to an external hard-disk or USB flash drive.

    Only Windows-To-go is supported like that, and even then only on drives that meet performance requirements.

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      Yep I know. I was just looking for a way around or if I install windows to go, which one would be faster? External hdd or flash drive?

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      You can use something like macrium reflect to clone windows to a USB. Then you can boot from the USB just fine.

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    Oh ok. Thanks for the replies guys. I appreciate it. Btw I forgot to mention. It has a sad card slot but it doesn’t have option to boot from it on bios. So I only have USB option. Speed wise I think the external hdd is better don’t you think?

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