How to convert an internal hard drive to a Windows To Go drive?

Updated on June 9, 2023 by Admin to Portable Windows Creator

Here is my situation. I purchased a laptop from HP and after two issues (unrelated to the hard drive) they are sending a new laptop. They sent me my old laptop hard drive back. I have placed it in an enclosure (3.0 USB). I can read and access files and was intending on reformatting it and turning it into a back-up device. However, I really wish to make this hard drive bootable so, I can take it on the go and use with any windows based machine (i.e. run it just as if my old computer was in front of me) I don't want to reformat or re-install the hard drive. Can your product do this for me. and can you provide instructions as to how to do this. The hard drive in question has windows 10 (home). Thank You.

In some cases we may need to convert a disk removed from the inside of the chassis to Windows To Go. Another situation is that Windows To Go becomes unbootable after Windows performs an update, this is usually caused by the Windows update that changed the configuration of Windows To Go and caused it to become an internal disk. Hasleo WinToUSB can help you to convert an internal hard drive with Windows to a Windows To Go drive with a few simple steps.


Tutorial to convert an internal hard drive to a Windows To Go drive.

Step 1. Remove the local disk drive (internal hard drive) which you want to convert from the chassis.

Step 2. Put the hard disk onto the USB enclosure, then connect the enclosure to the computer with an installed copy of WinToUSB.

Step 3. Run WinToUSB, click menu > "Windows To Go conversion".

click Windows To Go convertion

Step 4. Select the USB drive in the drop-down list, tick the "Convert Local Disk to Windows To Go" checkbox, then click "Proceed".

select convert local disk to Windows To Go

Step 5. After clicking "Proceed", WinToUSB begins converting.

converting local disk to Windows To Go

Step 6. Click "Cancel" to exit when the conversion is complete. The local disk drive (internal hard drive) has been converted to Windows To Go drive now.

Local disk to Windows To Go convertiong complete


Follow these simple steps, you can convert a local disk drive (internal hard drive) to a Windows To Go drive with Hasleo WinToUSB easily, then you can boot Windows form the drive via USB port.

As a professional Windows To Go creation tool, Hasleo WinToUSB provides a variety of ways to help you create portable Windows, you can not only convert an internal disk to Windows To Go, but also create Windows To Go from an ISO, WIM, VHD(X) or DBI (DBI is the extension of the backup image file produced by Hasleo Backup Suite) files, and even you can clone the currently running Windows to a USB drive as Windows To Go.