How to Run/Boot Windows 10 from USB Drive

Roxanne updated on Aug 19, 2020 to Todo Backup Resource | How-to Articles

Why do you need a bootable USB drive
Notable benefits of running or booting Windows 10 from a USB drive
The useful tool you need
Guide to run or boot Windows 10 from the USB hard drive

Why do you need a bootable USB drive

As many users have experienced, Windows system sometimes is prone to be corrupted and then crash and stop working due to various reasons. As a result, the PC fails to boot and the hard drive data becomes inaccessible. This problem usually makes users who are urgent to work with their PC or view their important data crazy!  

What if you have a Windows bootable USB drive? Congratulations! Just go to BIOS, change the boot sequence, and then you can start your PC properly from the removable disk. 

There are the things you need to pay attention to:

  • Use an external hard drive to create a bootable USB drive. The USB flash drive and pen drive are not able to help.
  • Only the first partition of the USB flash drive or pen drive can be recognized by the Windows, while the second and subsequent partition drive letters cannot be allocated.
  • For almost 99% of the Windows systems must have two partitions, the system partition, and the boot partition. If you clone Windows 10/8/7 to a USB flash drive or pen drive, only the first partition can be accessed. In this case, it cannot boot at all. So you must use an external hard drive!!
  • Besides, the USB hard drive must have enough free space which is bigger than the system drive space!

Notable benefits of running or booting Windows 10 from a USB drive

Searching online, we can see that there are always some users ask for help on how to run Windows 10 from a USB hard drive as they can get so many notable benefits from the operation, for example: 

  • Getting their PC boot properly from the bootable USB hard drive even if Windows cannot be accessed from internal hard drive due to certain reasons. 
  • Install large programs on the USB hard drive so that they can to save internal disk space or use these programs on any other computers.

Are you one of such users who is seeking ways to boot Windows 10 from an external device? Read on, and you will find a step-by-step guide teaching you how to get the job done using Windows 10 USB bootable software.

The useful tool you need

Even though Microsoft offers users a Windows media creation tool that allows them to create Windows ISO image files on a USB or DVD to manage the job, it is still too difficult for "computer idiocy" to operate. Here, you need third-party backup software which can make the job easier.

First, EaseUS backup software is easy to operate. All you need to do is open the software and clone the system to your external hard drive. It is easy and fast.

Second, it can create a bootable Windows 10 USB hard drive that contains not only the operating system but also some installed application or even some personal data which guarantees that you can directly work with a computer without doing extra jobs after running Windows 10 from the external device. 

Download this system clone software and boot Windows 10 from the USB.

video tutorial:

Guide to run or boot Windows 10 from the USB hard drive

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

After creating the bootable USB drive, you can use it to run Windows 10 on a PC whenever you want. But remember that you should first set the USB hard drive or external devices as the first boot device in BIOS. 

  • Connect your bootable USB to your computer and press F2 when you start the PC.
  • In the BIOS interface, choose the bootable device as your first boot device.

Then you can run Windows from your USB.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why choose EaseUS Todo Backup?

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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.

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.