How to clone Windows 11 to an external hard drive as portable Windows 11?

October 8, 2021, Posted by Admin to Windows 11 To Go

The official version of Windows 11 has been released on October 5, 2021, and we can now upgrade to Windows 11 to experience its new features. If you have installed Windows 11 on the internal hard drive of your computer, you may want to clone it to an external hard drive for use as a portable Windows 11. In this case, you need to find a third-party tool to help you clone Windows 11 to the external hard drive. Are you looking for a software to clone Windows 11 to an external drive as a portable Windows 11? Here we recommend you to use Hasleo WinToUSB.

WinToUSB is the world's first software that can clone Windows to an external hard drive as portable Windows, with the help of it you can easily clone Windows 11 installation from the internal hard drive to an external hard drive as portalbe Windows 11. Please download and install the software first before heading to the next steps.

 

Tutorial to clone Windows 11 to an external hard drive as portable Windows 11 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".

select Windows 11 to clone

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 11 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 11 to external hard drive

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

 

As mentioned above, as the world's first third-party software to create Windows To Go, WinToUSB can easily help you clone Windows 11 to an external hard drive as portable Windows 11. In addition, you can also use WinToUSB to install Windows 11 from a Windows 11 installation ISO file to an external hard drive.