How to clone Windows 10 May 2021 Update (Windows 10 21H1) to USB drive as portable Windows 10?

May 25, 2021, Posted by Admin to Windows 10 To Go

If your computer is currently running Windows 10 May 2021 Update (Windows 10 21H1), you may want to clone it to a USB drive as a portable Windows 10. Is this possible? If you know something about Windows To Go (WTG), then you will find that it may be the solution you need. The problem is that Microsoft has stopped updating Windows To Go and no longer provides Windows To Go creation tools in the new version of Windows 10, and the Windows To Go creation tool provided by Microsoft does not support cloning Windows to a USB drive. Is there any other software that can help us clone Windows 10 to a USB drive as protable Windows? The answer is Hasleo WinToUSB. Below we will describe how to use WinToUSB to clone Windows 10 May 2021 Update (Windows 10 21H1) to USB drive as portable Windows 10.

 

Tutorial to clone Windows 10 May 2021 Update (Windows 10 21H1) to USB drive as portable Windows 10.

Step 1. Connect the external hard drive to the computer, then run WinToUSB.

Step 2. Click the System Clone Icon button, then click "Next".

Physical To USB icon

Step 3. Select the external hard drive in the drop-down list. If your external hard drive is not correctly recognized by WinToUSB, you need to click the Refresh Icon button for the program to recognize the external hard drive.

select external hard drive

Step 4. A pop-up will appear asking you if you want to format it to continue, select the partition scheme you want to use and click "Yes" to format it. If you choose "Keep the existing partition scheme", you need to manually prepare the partitions on the USB drive before this step, and here is the user guide on how to manually prepare partitions for Windows To Go. Please note that the "Keep the existing partition scheme" option is valid only for an external disk.

select partition scheme for Windows To Go

Step 5. Select the boot partition and system partition from the partition list, the selected partitions will be marked as red, then click "Next".

select system and boot partition

Step 6. After clicking "Next", WinToUSB begins cloning Windows to the USB drive.

clone Windows to USB

Tips:
  1. Please note that in some cases WinToUSB may need to create a WinPE and then reboot into the WinPE environment to complete the Windows cloning operation.

Step 7. It takes some time to clone. After the clone is successfully completed, restart the computer and change BIOS to boot from your USB drive.

change BIOS to boot from USB

 

As stated above, follow these simple steps, you can easily clone Windows 10 May 2021 Update (Windows 10 21H1) to USB drive as portable Windows 10 with Hasleo WinToUSB.