This has been a tried and true method for Windows because it is finicky with hardware changes without a reinstall (eg BSOD on boot is what happens 9/10 times unless you move to the same hardwar). Surprisingly, if you use a QEMU VM and do a standard install, it has worked in every system I've thrown the drive in afterwards.
So the play is this, use a USB SSD, physical SATA drive plugged internally or for convenience, you could use a SATA to USB adapter on another computer to perf........
There aren't too many simple guides that show you how to use commands to setup your USB or other drive as a normal bootable drive where you can easily boot custom kernels or whatever OS you would like.
1. Get the tools we need:
We install "syslinux" for MBR and "syslinux-efi" for EFI and "MBR" as we need a tool that embeds the actual MBR into our USB:
sudo apt install syslinux syslinux-efi mbr........
To get the first X letters of a word:
It's very simple you can just pipe it to head with
-c 1 (gives the first letter and so on)
-c2 (2 gives the first 2 letters).
echo "dsjfsdlksjdklf;jlsd;kflasdj;kl"|head -c 2
To get the last X letters of a word:
Now we use tail with -c but it works differently. ........
I keep reading these drives are slower, but they are cheap and still SSDand work very fast for my needs.
As you can see the sequential read is 481-491MB/s, if I put them in MDADM RAID10 mode (normal RAID1) they should give me well over 900MB/s and with redundancy and being very cheap for what they offer.
[1232206.315622] scsi 8:0:1:0: Direct-Access ATA ADATA SU800&........