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IronKey Releases Windows 8 Certified Bootable Flash Drive 66

Lucas123 writes "IronKey has released a thumb drive certified to be used as a bootable Windows 8 device, enabling users to use Windows To Go — an enterprise feature of Windows 8 — to deliver a fully portable desktop. While Imation doesn't promote this feature, users can also boot up this USB on any Intel-based Apple computer. The flash drive has its drawbacks. It's not yet FIPS certified, it can't be provisioned as storage, and it lacks admin management features. The IronKey Workspace drive comes in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities. It offers either 128-bit or 256-bit full disk encryption. Users must purchase the Windows 8 software separately. According to Imation's specifications, the IronKey Workspace has a maximum average read speed of 300MB/sec. and an average write speed of 100MB/sec. to 200MB/sec. When I timed the boot-up times, the initial boot-up from the USB drive was slow — 3 minutes and 40 seconds — but the drive was configuring itself. Subsequent boot-ups took a mere 35 seconds. Shutdown is near instantaneous — about 2 seconds. The flash drive is priced from $129 to $389 depending on capacity."
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IronKey Releases Windows 8 Certified Bootable Flash Drive

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  • and by using Apple hardware you don't have to worry about Secure Boot!

    that just makes my head hurt

  • by KillDaBOB ( 206494 ) on Saturday February 02, 2013 @09:37AM (#42770673)

    So they made a USB 3.0 flash drive that has a decent amount of space on it, priced it at a multiple more than the competition, and that's it? It doesn't even come with Windows 8, which is the purpose of buying this product. Great story brought to you by /., now advertising products that many will never, ever need (or want)!

    • by camperdave ( 969942 ) on Saturday February 02, 2013 @10:40AM (#42770889) Journal

      It doesn't even come with Windows 8, which is the purpose of buying this product.

      No, this device is designed to enable users "to use Windows To Go — an enterprise feature of Windows 8 — to deliver a fully portable desktop". Obviously this device has some sort of cable management and advanced transdimentional physics capabilities. Imagine it! You plug this device into your desktop... and it becomes portable!

    • by Anonymous Coward

      I must be going senile--not clear why this post was modded Funny when it is seriously true. I've got a thumb drive that has Ubuntu and Windows 7 (don't ask why) VirtualBox images so I can run them concurrently on any of my fanboi MBPs--can I get a shout out too?

      • by Anonymous Coward

        THAT'S AWESOME!!!!

    • by PCM2 ( 4486 )

      So they made a USB 3.0 flash drive that has a decent amount of space on it, priced it at a multiple more than the competition, and that's it? It doesn't even come with Windows 8, which is the purpose of buying this product. Great story brought to you by /., now advertising products that many will never, ever need (or want)!

      The part they seem to have glossed over is that this is a secure USB key. Most of the storage is AES encrypted, with just a tiny unencrypted boot partition to handle the encryption.

      Mind you, I saw this press release on Friday and it didn't sound particularly interesting to me, either.

      Here's something interesting, though. Imation, which has been buying up various companies, including IronKey -- because apparently floppy disks aren't selling as well as they once did -- has managed to shed 88.5% of its share p [theregister.co.uk]

    • by ntropia ( 939502 )
      Do we get a discount if we use the SLSHDT code wien purchasing the product?
    • Exactly. I interviewed with that company a couple of years ago, and didn't quite understand how the product was better than lots of other flash drives. The selling point was highest security certification, that allowed using it in government, military, etc.
    • I just don't get why this is such a big whoop, 20 minutes on the web will show you how to make a USB bootable Windows and has had the articles for over a decade, its just MSFT didn't support it. Frankly I don't know how much "support" you'll get from MSFT on Windows to go either so I don't see what the big diff is.

      Hell maybe I'm missing an angle but to me Windows to go seems more like a solution in search of a problem, we geeks have already known how to make bootable CDs for years and what would Joe Avera

  • Why would you downgrade a computer that presumably has a functioning OS on it by plugging this stick into it and rebooting?

    • Don't forget the severe reduction in the life of the drive as a result of all the writes being performed on it. And since it's for Windows, it would benefit from antivirus software. Got multiple computer viruses that just can't be gotten rid of, no matter how many times your AV software moves files and kills processes? No problem! Just kill the flash drive with all of the write operations that are performed as a result of the file moving!
    • This will come in *very* handy when Windows 9 is released

      • Re: (Score:2, Redundant)

        What happens when one purchases a new motherboard and tries to boot up from the original hard drive? I used to do this with 95 and 98 but since xp was introduced, I find that the computer will not boot and the only thing I could do was to install the operating system and all the programs again. That would mean that one had to have a cd or a flash drive with the ability to install the operating system. Most new computers do not come with this capability. This is why I find it hard to believe that Micros
        • I've switched motherboards out at least two different times in the past and reused the current Windows install (XP both times I think) when I did it. So it's definitely possible for it to work.

        • I've run into that issue as well, but so far, this has worked every time.


          It's actually much easier to do before the computer dies, or right before you do your clonezilla backup. I have VM images of all of our SCADA PCs so I can test changes before pushing them out onto the line, and I have to do this every time I clone a disk to move it to my VM. After fighting this on the first PC that crashed on us with no backup, I went around and did it to all of our PCs. They now have t

          • by adolf ( 21054 )

            I really like the way Linux just works, and examines the hardware during boot. It eliminates the BS you have to go through when swapping a HDD from one computer to a different one!

            That's not a Linux feature -- that's a distribution feature. The distinction seems small, but it is an important one.

            And even amongst different distributions, support for some important things can be hairy.

            (I once had a hell of a time finding a CD/DVD bootable distribution that would properly support a simple RAID 1 built with md

            • Agreed.

              Prior to switching to Knoppix and it's hardware detection magic, I recall having similar nightmares on Linux way back when.

              I have a tendency to just call it Linux, and lump the distro in with the kernel (and skip the GNU (sorry RMS))


        • What generally causes problems with the replacement of the motherboard beneath the operating system is generally the storage drivers. CPU you cant swap no problem, same goes for memory, video card, but the motherboard is tricky in that (generally speaking) it also is responsible for the communication with the hard drives, and behaves in a certain way depending on its make etc. If you can, install the appropriate drivers for the new motherboard before switching, and you'll be fine.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 02, 2013 @09:44AM (#42770699)

    These Slashvertisements are getting so blatant that it's not even funny anymore.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    For that price you can get a starter laptop, or a chrome book. Or you can spend 30 bucks on a decent sized drive and throw Ubuntu on it.

  • Slashvertisementitis (Score:5, Informative)

    by Adambomb ( 118938 ) on Saturday February 02, 2013 @10:00AM (#42770751) Journal

    I know it's pretty cliche to scream slashvertisement whenever there's an article involving a purchasable gadget, but jebus tapdancing christ guys when you advertise the price including a link to their store for something like this it really is getting sad.

    If it ISN'T intentional you sure are letting submissions take you for a ride.

    • As a longtime member here on Slashdot, I don't mind the the occasional "slashvertisement" so long as two criteria are met.
      1. The published Slashvertisement is labeled as such in it's own category. It must be blatant and up-front.
      2. They are kept occasional.

      Truth is, I have an Iron key basic. There are many features I like about them such as ease of use, self-destruction of data if the password is entered wrong too many times, and FIPS certified. Yes, there are free roll-your-own solutions out there. But the

  • I wonder how they achieve that, since for many configuartions the Apple UFI flat out refuses to boot anything other than OSX on an external device - I had this issue evenly when trying to install Windows as my primary OS on my 2010 MBP, using both an internal HD and SSD, so the DVD drive was external and the MBP refused to boot anything other than the OSX install meda from the DVD drive or a USB stick.

    I ended up with a 10GB OSX partition on the SSD which never gets booted into these days - there was no way

  • finally! (Score:3, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 02, 2013 @10:49AM (#42770919)

    An OS that can boot from a USB key! Amazing! Microsoft truly is a magical ccompany that their OS allows such amazing functionality. Meanwhile if you boot linsux on your computer most of the time it will be bricked. That is the difference between real software engineering skill and amateur hour.

  • This interests me. I've got an old/regular ironkey and like it. But I'm intentionally going to not click on the single most blatant slashvertisement I've ever seen on this site.

    Christ, every time Slashdot gets sold it gets worse.

  • My netbook boots Ubuntu in about fifteen.

  • Now I can throw away that inexpensive, generic 2GB USB drive I've been using to boot GNU/Linux systems for at least a decade and change it for an overpriced drive that boots an inferior OS that just finally got support to boot out of USB!

  • I don't think you need to use this one to boot a Mac. Any USB volume (or FireWire, or SD, or network volume) should work.

  • Windows 8 will fit on 32GB storage? Seems like that's the real story here.

  • WOW Really ...do we really Need another way of spreading viruses and Malware. Windows on a stand alone machine with an Internet connection is BAD enough, but to actually have one that can travel.. THIS IS GOING TO FAR NOW. hehehehe I have NO problem with the ability to put an OS on a Flash Drive... In Fact I have Fedora on a 4gb stick. If you REALLY want an OS on a Stick, then Use an OS that actually is USEFUL BUT NOT Windows .. NO NO NO NO... Haven't you retarded people learned you lessons yet,,, WINDOWS

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