How to clone Windows from a USB drive to an internal hard disk?

2017-10-8, Posted by Admin to Windows Deployment Tool

Two months ago, I created a Windows To Go USB drive with WinToUSB for testing Windows 10 on an old PC. The Windows To Go has been working well, I was very happy. Now I'm used to using Windows 10, so I have ordered a brand new SSD for Windows 10 on this PC and I'm waiting for it to be delivered. I've been using the Windows 10 To Go for over two months and have installed a lot of software on it, I don't want to reinstall the entire operating system and applications. Is there any way to clone the Windows To Go to the SSD without reinstalling Windows and applications? Any help you could provide would be really appreciated.

Like this user, there are many other Windows To Go users ask us how to clone Windows To Go from a USB drive to an internal hard disk (HDD) or solid-state drive (SSD) without reinstalling Windows and applications? The answer is very simple, you can use our free system clone software WinToHDD to clone Windows To Go from a USB drive to a new HDD or SSD.

 

User Guide: How to clone Windows from a USB drive to an internal hard disk with WinToHDD?

1. Plug the Windows To Go USB device which you want to clone into a USB port of the target computer, then change BIOS to boot from the USB drive.

2. Please use the following guidelines to prepare the partitions on the destination hard disk drive.

  • Booting BIOS-based computers: Please covert the hard drive to MBR partition scheme and create the system and boot partitions. The system partition can be FAT32 or NTFS format and the boot partition must be NTFS format. The system partition and boot partition can be the same partition.
  • Booting UEFI-based computers: Please covert the hard drive to GPT partition scheme and create the EFI system partition (ESP) and boot partition. The EFI system partition must be FAT32 format and the boot partition must be NTFS format.
Tips:
  1. The destination boot partition must be 20% larger than the used space on source boot partition.
  2. If the destination system partition is FAT32 format, then it must be greater than or equal to 40 MB and less than or equal to 32 GB. (The recommended size is 100 MB.)
  3. Sector by sector clone option enables you to clone all sectors from source boot partition to destination boot partition.
  4. If you have formatted the wrong hard disk, you can use our Free Data Recovery Software Hasleo Data Recovery to recover your lost files.

3. Download, install, and run WinToHDD, then click the System Clone Icon button.

Select System Clone icon

4. Select the Windows OS which you want to clone in the drop-down list, you will see the detailed system information under it, click "Next" if you are sure.

System Clone icon

5. Select the destination disk in the drop-down list, then select the boot partition and system partition from the partition list, the selected partitions will be marked as red.

Select target partition icon

6. Click "Next". After clicking "Next", a pop-up will appear asking you if you want to build a WinPE image to continue. Click "Yes".

Need To Build WinPE icon

7. After successfully builded the WinPE image, WinToHDD will prompt you to reboot the computer, click "Yes" button to allow WinToHDD to reboot your computer.

Need Reboot icon

8. It takes some time to clone. After the clone is successfully completed, restart the computer and change BIOS to boot from the internal hard disk.

 

Follow these simple steps, you can clone Windows from a USB drive to an internal hard disk with free system clone software WinToHDD easily.