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

Updated by Roxanne on Feb 25, 2021
Written by Jean

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. 

Apply EaseUS Todo PCTrans to Install Office on External Hard Drive

How to 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.

Get a free download and check the steps on the next part:

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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.

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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Updated by Roxanne

Roxanne is one of the main contributors to EaseUS and has created multiple posts on digital devices like PCs, Mobile phones, tablets, Mac, etc. She loves to share ideas with people of the same interest.

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Written by Jean

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!

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