How to Save/Run Microsoft Office to/from External Hard Drive

EaseUS Todo PCTrans is able to migrate the whole Microsoft Office 2003/2007/2010/2013/2016/2017/365 to an external hard drive or a USB drive, so you can easily run the application from the external drive without any problem, and at the same time, save huge disk space for the computer. Windows 11 unveils, EaseUS Todo PCTrans can solve your problems.

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Q: "Can I save the Microsoft Office installation to an external hard drive and run the application from it?"

A: "When you install the software it will create registry items within the Windows folders, which are on the main drive, usually the C drive. So, if you want to be able to run Office on different computers via the external hard drive, it may fail due to the lack of essential registry contents, unless using a professional PC transfer software for help."

In this article, we are going to teach you how to install Office on the external hard drive. We also pinpoint the precautions to avoid data loss. Please read carefully and note the bold font. 

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⏱️Duration 3-5 minutes
💻Supported Version Microsoft Office 2003/2007/2010/2013/2016/2017/365
⛑️Preparation External hard drive or USB drive
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Transfer Microsoft Office to an External Hard Drive or a USB Drive

Apply EaseUS Todo PCTrans to Install Office on External Hard Drive

Because your Microsoft Office's information is existing in the Windows Registry and hard to run correctly via copy, so the professional application migration tool stands out. With the help of Office transfer software, you can easily install Office on the external hard drive. 

It can transfer Microsoft Office to an External hard drive via "App Migration" mode. By applying such mode, the Office will change its installation. Moreover, if you have forgotten your Microsoft Office product key, EaseUS Todo PCTrans can find it with a click.

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How to Transfer Microsoft Office to an External Hard Drive or a USB Drive

So, if you wish to save disk space by installing the large-size Microsoft Office 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, and Office 365, to somewhere else other than the local drive, and be able to run an application from an external drive, make it happen in the other way.

  • Use the normal way to completely download and install the desired Office version on your computer.
  • Transfer the whole installation from the PC storage to the wanted place via EaseUS Todo PCTrans.
  • Don't uninstall your Office on your PC/laptop after transferring. Staying the same! (Once you uninstall it on your computer, Office can not run.)
  • In the end, open and run the Office application whenever you need by connecting the external drive to your computer.

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Here is how to start the Office transfer from a PC to an external hard drive/USB drive:

First, download and install EaseUS Todo PCTrans. (Click the download button on your PC, where the Microsoft Office is installed. EaseUS transfer software is very light and small. You can quickly install it in a few seconds.)

Then, move your MS Office to the external storage device:

Step 1. Connect the external device and select the transfer mode.

  • Connect your external storage device (external hard drive, USB, SD card, and more) to your PC.
  • Launch EaseUS Todo PCTrans and go to "App Migration" > "Start".
choose the transfer mode

Step 2. Select Microsoft Office and set the storage path.

  • Select the drive where you have installed Microsoft Office on and select Microsoft Office.
  • Click "triangle icon" and choose to transfer the application to your external storage device.
  • Click "Transfer" to start transferring Microsoft Office to an external storage medium.
Select the application

Step 3. Wait for the transfer process to finish.

  • Wait patiently for the process to complete.
  • Click "OK" when it has done.
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Additional help for you to manage the Microsoft installation location:

Anyway, don't take the Office transfer too easily to copy the download files to a portable drive. It doesn't work because you cannot move the registry components. 

EaseUS Todo PCTrans can do more in transferring applications, files and folders, and even user accounts between multiple computers using the network connection and an image file. Click for more tutorials if you're interested in other possible ways to place the Office anywhere you want.

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FAQs About Saving/Running Microsoft Office to/from External Hard Drive

This section will provide more questions related to saving/running Microsoft Office from the external hard drive. If you are interested, keep reading.

1. Can I run Microsoft Office from USB?

Yes, you can run Microsoft Office on USB. You need to copy Microsoft Office to USB first and then run the Office application from USB.

2. Can I install Microsoft on the external hard drive?

You cannot install Office on an external hard drive. An office can only be installed on Windows x86 or the Program files folder available in the C drive of the local disk where Windows is installed. It requires a .dll file to run the program. If you want to move Microsoft to an external hard drive, you can use a professional transfer tool after installing Windows.

3. How to move Microsoft to an external hard drive?

Microsoft is installed on Windows with registry entries. If you want to migrate software, including the registry, use a professional tool - EaseUS Todo PCTrans.

  • Download and launch EaseUS Todo PCTrans.
  • Connect your external PC, and select the transfer mode of APP Migration.
  • Select Microsoft Office and set the path to the external drive.

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