How to install Windows Server 2016/2012/2010/2008 to an external hard drive as portable Windows Server?

2017-7-18, Posted by Admin to Portable Windows Creator

We are looking to use WinToUSB to create a Windows Server 2016 to go USB drives for one of our classes. Does WinToUSB support creating Windows Server 2016 to go USB drive? I do see in your documentation that you can create a USB drive to install the Windows Server 2016 operating system however it does not mention if we can create a Windows Server 2016 to go USB drive.

The answer is yes, as a powerful and reliable Portable Windows Creator software, WinToUSB not only allows you to install Windows Server 2016 to an external hard drive, but but also allows you to install Windows Server 2012/2010/2008 to an external hard drive as portable Windows Server, so just download and try it.

 

User Guide: How to use WinToUSB to install Windows Server 2016/2012/2010/2008 onto an external hard drive as portable Windows Server?

1. Connect the external hard drive to the computer.

2. Covert the external hard drive to MBR partition scheme then create the system and boot partitions. The system partition must be FAT32 format and the boot partition must be NTFS format.

3. Install and run WinToUSB.

4. Click the ISO Icon button, then click the Browse Icon button and select the Windows Server 2016/2012/2010/2008 installation ISO file from the open dialog box.

select Windows Server 2016/2012/2010/2008 installation iso

5. WinToUSB scans for and lists installable operating systems in the Windows Server 2016/2012/2010/2008 installation ISO. Please select the edition of Windows you want to install, then click "Next".

select Windows Server 2016/2012/2010/2008 edition

6. Select the destination disk in the drop-down list. If your USB drive is not correctly recognized by WinToUSB, you need to click the Refresh Icon button for the program to recognize the USB drive.

select external hard drive

7. Select the boot partition and system partition from the partition list, the selected partitions will be marked as red.

select system and boot partition

8. After clicking "Next", WinToUSB begins installing Windows Server 2016/2012/2010/2008 to the USB drive.

installing Windows Server 2016/2012/2010/2008 to USB drive

9. It takes some time to install. After installation restart the computer and change BIOS to boot from your USB drive.

change BIOS to boot from USB

10. Windows Server 2016/2012/2010/2008 normal installation starts up and you have to complete all the installation steps. After that, you can install programs, copy files, etc.

Windows normal installation

 

Follow these simple steps, you can install Windows Server 2016/2012/2010/2008 to an external hard drive as portable Windows Server easily.