Transfer Windows 10 to a USB Flash Drive

Jean updated on Sep 23, 2019 to Backup and Recovery | How-to Articles

"I'm not a computer savvy so bear me with my questions here. Lately, our company has upgraded all the computers from Windows 7 to Windows 10, and I really like the Windows 10 operating system. So, I'm thinking if I can carry the Windows 10 operating system home, use the same OS on my laptop."

Popular ways for transferring Windows 10 to a USB drive

As a matter of fact, the approaches to put a Windows 10 operating system onto a flash drive or other external storage devices are not unique. You can take the Windows inbuilt solutions or rely on some third-party tools.

For example, to transfer an OS to a USB stick, you can choose the two of the most applied methods.

One. Windows To Go Creator

"Windows To Go is a feature in Windows 8.1 Enterprise, Windows 8 Enterprise, Windows 10 Enterprise, and Windows 10 Education that allows them to boot and run from certain USB mass storage devices such as USB flash drives and external hard disk drives which have been certified by Microsoft as compatible. It is a fully manageable corporate Windows environment." - from Wiki.

For a detailed explanation, please refer to Windows To Go Creator for Windows 10/8/7

Two. Bootable USB creation tool

Alternatively, there are many Windows To Go like software in the market, such as EaseUS Todo Backup. It's designed with a feature called "Create a Portable Windows USB drive", by which you can transfer Windows 10 to a USB flash drive in minutes! By carrying the Windows 10 operating system on a portable USB stick, you can use your own personalized operating system anywhere on a business trip, at the office or at home.

Transfer Windows 10 to a USB flash drive with EaseUS Todo Backup

Download the commercial version of EaseUS Todo Backup on your Windows 10 computer.

Prepare a USB flash drive with enough storage space to hold the system files.
(Data on the USB flash drive will be erased during the transfer procedure. Make sure that you backed up the USB drive in advance.)

Step 1. Connect the USB drive to your PC and run EaseUS Todo Backup. Click "System Clone". 

The current system partition (Windows 10) and boot partition will be automatically selected.

click system clone to clone Windows 10

Step 2. Select the destination disk - USB drive to clone system drive (system and boot partition) to.
(Here you can identify whether your USB drive storage space is big enough or not.)

select the destination disk

Step 3. Click on Advanced options and tick Create a Portable Windows USB drive.

create a portable USB

Step 4. Click Proceed to start cloning Windows 10 to USB.

start Windows 10 cloning by clicking proceed

By doing like this, the Windows 10 is now successfully put onto the USB flash drive, so that you can freely use Windows 10 on any computer.


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Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the difference between Clone and Backup? In what cases should I use Clone?

Clone will copy one disk to another or one partition to another (unallocated space is also supported). Usually, this option is used to upgrade the current disk by creating an identical copy. Backup will generate a .PBD image file containing the selected files or system that can be restored from the .PBD image if needed.

What is the difference between System Backup and Disk Backup?

System Backup will auto-select the system boot related partition(s) as the backup source to make sure the system image can be restored properly. Disk/Partition Backup will allow you to manually select a whole disk or speficy a certain partition as the backup source. You will get the same backup result as System Backup if you manually select the system and boot partitions with the Disk/Partition Backup option.

As a computer newbie, what features should I use to protect my computer?

You can use System Backup to back up the system and boot partitions, use Disk/Partition backup to back up the data partition and add plans to run an automatic backup. If you use the computer frequently or have software that may cause boot failure of the computer, we would suggest you back up the computer every 1 to 2 days. For other situations, you can backup the computer once a week. In addition, you can schedule File Backup to back up the files which are changed frequently.

What kind of storage service should I use to save my backup images?

EaseUS Todo Backup can save backup images to internal disks, external disks, network drives, or free cloud(Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive) and CD/DVD. It is suggested to save the images to the internal/external/network drives to save time as those kinds of disks have a better read-write speed. It is suggested NOT to save the image on the source disk, because once the disk is damaged, all the files on the disk will become unavailable and you will be unable to restore the image.

As a company network administrator, what features should I use to protect our internal computers?

It is recommended that you use the SQL Backup feature to back up your company's SQL server and Exchange Backup feature to back up the Exchange server. In addition, you can execute System Backup to back up the system and boot partitions on every computer and set a plan to execute the backup once a day or twice a week to ensure that the computer can be restored timely when it has boot issues. File Backup feature can be used to back up important user data. If there are a large quantity of computers, you can purchase EaseUS Backup Center to manage the backups on the client computers centrally.

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