How to Create Portable Windows 10 to USB Drive

Tracy King updated on Jul 17, 2019 to Backup Utility | How-to Articles

What is a portable Windows USB drive

According to Google searching result, it can be identified that a portable Windows USB drive is a portable USB flash drive or pen drive which is installed Windows system with Windows ISO and system files, allowing users to boot their computer or other PCs from the USB portable drive.

What is this for? Here is a list of advantages of portable Windows USB drive:

1. Prevent system error, avoid unexpected system crash or failure error;
When your computer or laptop suddenly crashes due to system failure or internal error, you cannot boot from PC anymore. 
Portable Windows USB drive can help you reboot PC from the USB drive and then you can continue your work and find a solution to repair corrupted Windows system.

2. Take your system anywhere, run your own Windows from USB on other computers;

Windows portable USB drive allows you to take your own Windows system anywhere you need and you can even directly boot your Windows from a USB drive on other computers.
This will save your time and energy to take a laptop wherever you go on business.

How to create a portable Windows 10 USB drive

So how to effectively create such a portable Windows USB drive? For example, how to create a portable Windows USB drive for Windows 10 users? How to install and clone Windows system to a USB drive without complex methods?

Fortunately, powerful Windows backup recovery software - EaseUS Todo Backup will help and do the job. It allows you to effectively clone and install Windows 10, 8 or 7, etc system to a USB drive for free in 30 days with simple clicks. 
All ordinary users can do the job. You may free download this software and follow to see how to make your Windows system bootable from a tiny USB drive now.

3 steps to create a Windows 10 portable USB drive

Here below is a detail step-by-step guide to help you effectively create a portable USB system boot drive of Windows 10:

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

run system clone feature to clone os

Notice: Your USB drive must be larger than your system drive and boot partition. EaseUS Todo Backup will let you know whether your USB drive is big enough or not with System Clone.

Step 2. Select the destination disk - the USB drive to clone system drive (system and boot partition) to. 

Choose disk to save Windows 10 system.

(Here you can identify whether your USB drive storage space is big enough or not.)

Click on Advanced options and tick Create a Portable Windows USB drive > Click Proceed.

click on advanced options

Step 3. Wait till the system clone process complete.

Wait till the system clone process complete and then you've successfully created a portable Windows USB for Windows 10. 
And you can take it to run and boot your own system on other computers with ease. 

You can also watch the video to do it

How to run Windows 10 from a portable USB drive

Now you may wonder how you can run Windows 10 from the previously created portable Windows 10 USB drive without any issues. 

Relax and here below, we'll show you how to effectively boot your Windows system on your own PC or other computers from the Windows portable USB drive:

1. Connect Windows 10 portable USB drive with computer and reboot PC;
2. Set computer to boot from the Windows portable USB drive in BIOS:

  • Reboot PC > When the Windows logo appears, press "F2" continuously  to enter BIOS;
  • Set computer to boot from USB drive and save the changes;

3. Reboot PC and then you can use your own system on a new computer.

 
 

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Frequently Asked Questions

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.

About EaseUS Todo Backup

Be it a file, system, partition, or disk, EaseUS Todo Backup will help you back up or clone the item and provide you with multiple backup plans.