How to clone Windows 10 to an external hard drive as portable Windows 10?

Updated on April 24, 2020 by Admin to Windows 10 To Go

I have a computer that comes with Windows 10 preinstalled, and I have installed some prerequisite applications. My laptop recently broke and I had to buy a new one. But Before that, I want to clone my Windows 10 computer mentioned above to a an external hard drive as a protable Windows, then I can take the Windows 10 external hard drive to my workplace to replace the damaged laptop. Is there any safe and efficient way to clone Windows 10 to an external hard drive as portable Windows 10?

The answer is yes, a powerful and reliable Portable Windows 10 Creator software WinToUSB has been developed by Hasleo Software. With the help of proprietary file system technology, WinToUSB can accurately copy Windows 10 from an internal hard disk to an external hard disk, and ensure that the cloned Windows 10 system can boot from USB on any computer that is compatible with Windows To Go.

WinToUSB is the world's first software that can clone Windows 10 to an external hard disk, with the help of it you can easily clone Windows 10 installation on an internal hard drive to an external hard drive as portalbe Windows 10. Please download and install the software first before heading to the next steps.

 

Tutorial to clone Windows 10 to an external hard drive as portable Windows 10 with WinToUSB.

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 external hard 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 external hard 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 external hard drive.

change BIOS to boot from USB

 

Follow these simple steps, you can easily clone Windows 10 to an external hard drive as portable Windows 10, including operating system, installed applications and system settings. In addition, you can also use WinToUSB to create portable Windows 8.