[Fix] This is a removable drive and isn't compatible with Windows to go

Jean updated on Sep 07, 2020 to Todo Backup Resource | How-to Articles

"On my Windows 10 computer, I'm trying to use a 32GB Patriot USB 3.0 flash drive to create a portable Windows 10 on this drive by opening Control Panel and then Windows To Go, but failed while selecting the flash drive due to the exact error message on the screenshot."

Full error message

"This is a removable drive and isn't compatible with Windows To Go. Choose a drive that meets the required hardware specifications."

this is a removable drive and isn't compatible with Windows to go

What does it mean by USB not compatible with Windows To Go?

For your information, Windows To Go requires certified USB flash drive in order to create a portable Windows operating system on it. If your flash drive is not within the certified USB list, you'll probably encounter the error prompting an incompatible issue.

So please refer to the Microsoft Windows to go certified USB drive list and easily solve the error 'this is a removable drive and isn't compatible with Windows to go' error in Windows 10, 8 or 7 while creating a Windows To Go USB.

List of USB flash drives that are currently certified for use as Windows To Go drives

  • Imation IronKey™ Workspace W300 / W500 / W700 
  • Kingston DataTraveler Workspace 
  • Spyrus Portable Workplace
  • Spyrus Secure Portable Workplace
  • Spyrus WorkSafe
  • Super Talent RC4/ RC8 
  • WD My Passport Enterprise 

Fix USB not compatible issue in Windows 10/8/7 with EaseUS Windows To Go creator

Will you give it up and buy any one of the certified Windows To Go drives? Not necessary. EaseUS Todo Backup is designed with a feature that works like a Windows To Go creator, which can be perfectly used as an alternative solution to create a portable Windows OS on non-certified USB flash drive without being interrupted by the error - this is a removable drive and isn't compatible with Windows to go!

So, let's download this amazing Windows backup software and create your own Windows To Go USB drive without worrying it's not a compatible & certified USB.

Step 1. EaseUS Todo Backup is recognized as a Windows To Go Creator, and it's easy for you to create a Windows bootable USB drive. First, insert your USB flash drive into a Windows computer. Launch EaseUS Todo Backup and click "System Clone".

choose system clone create windows to go usb

Step 2. Choose the USB drive as the destination disk to clone system disk (Only make sure that your USB drive has to be bigger than the source disk). 

The most important step here is to click on "Advanced options" and choose "Create Portable Windows USB drive". Click "OK".

choose create a portable windows usb drive

Step 3. Click "Proceed". The software will start cloning the system disk, with which your personalized operating system and boot files will be imaged to the USB flash drive together.​

click proceed to start creating a windows to go usb drive

Do not hesitate anymore, the best USB bootable software for all Windows should be the No.1 choice as soon as creating Windows To Go USB flash drive failed due to the incompatibility and certification issue happens!

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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

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