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How to Install Windows 10 on A New Blank Hard Drive

Updated on Apr 16, 2019 by Jean to Backup and Recovery

Summary:
There are multiple ways to install Windows 10 operating system on a new blank hard drive. But this page comes with a unique method, it is not about a clean install through a Windows recovery drive, a Windows installation media. Instead, it is the easiest for Windows 10 installation on a new hard drive among all, by transferring system with EaseUS Todo Backup software with a few clicks.

The standard process of installing Windows 10 on a new hard drive

When it comes to installing an operating system, the most recommended way on forums and Google searches is the clean install. But it's usually too difficult to follow the whole procedure from downloading the ISO files and burn it to the pointed hard drive for home users who don't acquire much IT knowledge. They simply don't know where to start. Why not take a look at the basic steps and decide whether you could handle this project independently?

Step 1. Create a bootable media (USB flash drive, DVD, or ISO file) for installing Windows 10 (8 steps/10-60 minutes estimated)
Step 2. Perform a clean install of Windows 10 (13-15 steps/12-30 minutes estimated)

Tip - "Windows 10 can't create a recovery drive" is one of the most commonly occurred errors while creating the recovery drive to install Windows 10.

In fact, there are multiple ways to install Windows 10 operating system on a new blank hard drive. But this page comes with a unique method, it is not about a clean install through a Windows recovery drive or a Windows installation media. Instead, it is the easiest for Windows 10 installation on a new hard drive among all, by transferring system with EaseUS Windows backup software with a few clicks.

Easiest: Install Windows 10 on A New Hard Drive

Prepare what you will need

1. A Windows 10 computer/laptop.
2. Download EaseUS Todo Backup on your Windows 10 machine.
3. Connect your new hard drive to the computer and make sure that it's correctly recognized by the computer.
4. A USB storage device with enough free disk space for keeping the system image.

With all the necessary materials prepared, now let's begin.

Step 1. Create an emergency disk on a healthy computer

To save your time and energy, we'd like to suggest you create an emergency disk to a USB or external hard drive rather on a healthy computer with EaseUS Todo Backup.

1. Connect an empty USB flash drive or external hard drive with over than 100GB space to your PC.
2. Run EaseUS Todo Backup and click "Tools > Create Emergency Disk".

Create emergency disk for transfer OS to new computer.

3. Choose USB as the disk location to create the emergency disk which will help you boot computer when it fails to boot or restore the system to dissimilar new PC.
4. Click "Proceed".

Start creating emergency disk for system transfer.

Step 2. Create a Windows system image backup for restoring to dissimilar hardware

1. Run EaseUS Todo Backup on the healthy computer and click "System Backup" on the left pane.
2. Choose the Windows OS and specify the USB flash drive which contains the emergency disk as the destination disk to save system image.
If you are worried about data loss issue by saving the system image to the emergency disk drive, you may also save system backup to another empty external hard drive with over 100GB free space.

Create system image for transferring system to new computer.

This will help you create a full backup of the whole Windows system and all installed programs, applications on your C drive to the selected device.

3. Click "Proceed" to start creating a system backup image to the target device.

Step 3. Boot the dissimilar hardware/computer from EaseUS Todo Backup emergency disk

1. Connect the USB flash drive or external hard drive with emergency disk and system backup image to the new computer.
2. Restart PC and press F2/F8 to boot into BIOS.
3. Change boot drive and set the computer to boot from the EaseUS Todo Backup emergency disk.
Then you'll enter EaseUS Todo Backup main interface.

Step 4. Transfer and recover the system to dissimilar hardware or new computer

1. On EaseUS Todo Backup main window, click "System Transfer". 

Start transferring system to new computer.

2. Select the system image on your drive and click "OK" to continue.

Choose system image to transfer.

3. Specify the disk to save system image and tick "System Transfer" in Advanced options, click "OK" to save changes.
Then click "Proceed" to start transferring system and even some installed programs on system C: drive to the new hardware computer now.

Start transferring system to the new computer.

Step 5. Restart PC with transferred system
1. Change boot sequence in BIOS to set the computer to boot up from the drive with the transferred system.
2. Save all changes and restart your computer.
3. Update all drive drivers and programs to ensure all things will work just fine on the new computer.

Here you can directly back up Windows 10 OS on your computer with EaseUS Todo Backup.