How to Clone Windows 10 to USB Drive as portable Windows 10?

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

I am a computer maintenance staff, I often go to the field to help users fix computer problems. I often help users back up internal hard drive, scan the computer for viruses and malware, check the health of the internal hard drive, and defragment the internal hard drive. I have so many tools, but they can't be used on a computer that can't be started. Is there a way to clone Windows 10 with all of this software to a USB drive, and then I can start Windows 10 from the USB drive on the user's computer and use these tool software even if the user's computer can not start properly?

Very good question, after analysis we found that two problems need to be solved. Whether Windows 10 can boot from a USB drive and whether Windows 10 can be cloned to a USB drive and guaranteed to boot from it normally. The good news is that the Windows To Go feature of Windows 10 ensures that Windows 10 can boot from a USB drive, and the software WinToUSB developed by Hasleo can clone Windows 10 to USB drive and turn on the Windows To Go feature for it, so with the help of WinToUSB you can clone Windows 10 to USB drive as portable Windows 10 easily.


Tutorial to clone Windows 10 to a 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

  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 to USB drive as portable Windows, including operating system, installed applications and system settings. In addition, you can also use WinToUSB to clone Windows 8/7 to USB drive as portable Windows.