How to Create Portable Windows 10 to USB Drive (Windows 11 Support)
There are at least two ways to make portable Windows 10 on USB. You can run the portable USB creator software from EaseUS, or download the ISO files to your USB.
What Is A Windows 11/10/8/7 Portable Drive
According to Google's searching results, it can be identified that a portable Windows USB drive is a pen drive that is installed Windows system with Windows ISO and system files. It allows users to boot their computers or other PCs from the USB portable drive.
What is this for? Here is a list of advantages of a portable Windows USB drive:
|Take Your System Anywhere||Prevent System Error|
|When your computer or laptop suddenly crashes due to system failure or internal error, you can no longer boot from the PC. A portable Windows USB drive can help you reboot the PC from the USB drive, and then you can continue your work and find a solution to repair the corrupted Windows system.||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.|
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 a Windows system to a USB drive without complex methods?
Fortunately, powerful EaseUS OS2Go can do the job. It allows you to effectively clone and install Windows 10, 8, or 7, etc. system to a USB drive with simple clicks. All ordinary users can do the job. You may download this software and learn how to make your Windows system bootable from a tiny USB drive now.
1 - Preparations
- An external hard drive
- The external hard drive cable
- EaseUS OS2Go
2 - Notes
- Check the unallocated space (enough unallocated space on the left)
- Check the partition style (the same with the system drive)
3 - Steps
Here is a detailed step-by-step guide to help you effectively create a portable USB system boot drive of Windows 10:
Step 1. Install EaseUS OS2Go on your Windows computer, it will display your system drive's used space. Plug in a USB drive that is larger than the system drive used space. Choose the target USB drive and click Next to continue.
Step 2. EaseUS OS2Go will notify you that the following operation would delete all data on your drive. Make sure that you have backed up all the important data. Click the Continue button to proceed.
Step 3. Adjust disk layout. The default disk layout on the target drive will be exactly the same as the resource drive. You could also edit the layout according to your needs. Tick the option there if you're using a Solid State Drive as the Windows bootable drive. Next, click Proceed.
Step 4. Then EaseUS OS2Go will start to create the portable USB drive. It usually takes a while depending on your OS and Network condition. When the progress reaches 100%, the USB drive should be bootable now.
Step 5. Insert the portable Windows USB and start your computer. Press the required key (F2, DEL, F10...) to access BIOS. Choose to boot from the USB disk.
Note: Please make sure that the boot mode (UEFI or Legacy) of the portable USB and your target computer are the same, otherwise you may not be able to boot.
You can migrate Windows 10 to SSD by means of cloning the Windows system drive partition from HDD/SSD to the new SSD
If you don't want to use the software, you can download Windows 10 ISO file to make a portable Windows USB. To make it, you need to create Windows 10 installation media and then burn the ISO to DVD. Here are the details.
1 - Preparations
- A copy of Rufus (https://rufus.ie/) or WinToUSB
- A USB 3.0 flash drive with at least 32 GB of storage space
- A Windows ISO file
- A valid license for your portable copy of Windows
2 - Steps
Step 1. You need to download and run the media creation tool.
As creating Windows 10 installation media will delete the content on USB or blank DVD, you'd better use a blank USB or blank DVD.
Step 2. On the "What do you want to do?" interface, select "Create installation media for another PC", and then select "Next".
Step 3. Choose the language, edition, and architecture (64-bit or 32-bit) for Windows 10. Select media tool you want to use:
To Burn ISO to USB in Windows 10:
Go to Rufus and download the latest version. After that, double-click the .exe file to launch Rufus and connect your USB to your computer. Then burn ISO to USB.
Step 1. Choose the USB device you want to burn the ISO file to. From the Boot selection drop-down menu, choose "Disk or ISO image (Please select)", then click "SELECT" and choose the ISO file stored on your computer.
Step 2. To ensure you can boot from the USB on both UEFI and BIOS computer, choose "MBR" under the Partition scheme,
Step 3. Leave the other options unchanged and click "Start" to begin burning the Windows 10 ISO file to the USB drive.
How to Run Windows 10 from a USB Drive
When you want to launch Windows 10 on a different computer, insert your USB drive into that PC. Then, follow these steps to run Windows 10 from a USB drive.
Step 1. Press the appropriate key (F2, F12, Delete, or Esc) to launch your Boot menu and choose boot from the USB drive.
Step 2. The first time you run Windows 10 off the USB drive, you'll need to go through the normal Windows setup process. Then, activate Windows 10 with your license code.
Both of the solutions can help you create a portable USB drive. No matter which method you choose, plan accordingly. Make sure the hardware is available wherever you're going.
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Author Jean has been writing tech articles since she was graduated from university. She has been part of the EaseUS team for over 5 years. Her special focuses are data recovery, disk partitioning, data space optimization, data backup and Mac OS. By the way, she's an aviation fan!
Tracy joined in EaseUS in 2013 and has been working with EaseUS content team for over 7 years. Being enthusiastic in computing and technology, she writes tech how-to articles and share technical solutions about Windows & Mac data recovery, file/system backup and recovery, partition management and iOS/Android data recovery.
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