How to run Windows 10 from an external hard drive?

2017-9-8, Posted by Admin to Portable Windows Creator

I'm a Windows 10 and Linux user. I'm familiar with installing and running Linux operating system from an external hard drive, which is very useful to me. I know the advantages of the portable operating system, so I've always wanted to be able to create a portable Windows 10 operating system. Is there any way to install and run Windows 10 from an external hard drive?

As we all know, Linux can be easily installed and run from an external hard drive as portable Linux OS. The portable Linux OS is very useful, because we can take it anywhere and use it on different computers. But for users accustomed to using Windows, Linux is not easy to use and has some functional limitations, so many Windows users want to be able to install Windows on an external hard drive. Here we'll show you how to install and run Windows 10 from an external hard drive with WinToUSB.

 

User Guide: How to run Windows 10 from an external hard drive?

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 10 installation ISO file from the open dialog box.

select windows 10 installation iso

5. WinToUSB scans for and lists installable operating systems in the Windows 10 installation ISO. Please select the edition of Windows you want to install, then click "Next".

select windows 10 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 10 to the USB drive.

installing Windows 10 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 10 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 and run Windows 10 from an external hard drive easily.