How to Clone Windows 10 to USB Drive

Aug 30, 2019 17:51. Posted by to Tutorials

Windows 10 is highly optimized to run smoothly on multiple devices. However, like any other Windows release, Windows 10 has its own flaws that may ruin your experience, like file corruption, operating system failure or system crash, which leads to data loss. If you now have Windows 10 installed on your device, then at some point you may have wanted to clone the operating system to your USB drive for emergency cases. This is a smart way to run Windows 10 in case of unexpected system problems.


Thankfully, there are plenty of programs and software out there that let you put Windows 10 onto a flash drive or an external device. However, keep in mind that not all of them are trusted as some are just a waste of time.

Method 1: Clone Windows 10 to USB with WinToUSB

Windows To Go Creator, a cool feature that comes pre-installed in Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education, allows you to install and run Windows 10 on a USB flash drive or an external drive. However, if you are now running Windows 10 Pro or Windows 10 or Home, you can use WinToUSB, a free program that lets you clone Windows 10 to a USB drive and use it as portable Windows.


Before we proceed, we recommend you create a backup of your data in case something goes wrong during the process.


Step 1: Download and install WinToUSB on your computer. Once you have it installed on your PC, run it as administrator, and click Physical to USB button in the left pane. Now just simply click the Next button.


Step 2: Hit Yes button from the next popup (this may take several minutes). Once done, select your USB drive. You will be asked to select a partition for your system and the boot partition that contains your Windows 10 installation files.




Step 3: Click the Next button and proceed with hitting Next until your PC restarts. Once your PC is turned back on, the cloning process should start and will take several hours, so make yourself a sandwich.


Step 4 : Once done, change the Boot Order to Boot from USB on BIOS / UEFI. Restart your computer and then you should see a message during the bootup process about a particular key to enter the Boot menu (usually Del or F2).


Step 5 : Once you press the correct key, you are now in the BIOS Setup Utility. From here, you should see a list of many different settings for your computer's hardware.


Step 6: Click on Boot option from the menu at the top to access the boot order options in BIOS and now make changes to the boot order. Now confirm your action and save changes.

Method 2: Clone Windows 10 to USB with EaseUS Todo Backup

EaseUS Todo Backup is another great third-party tool that allows you to clone Windows 10 to USB flash drive or other external devices. The backup software now offers a free trial and then charges $2.49 per month for a one-year subscription.


Step 1: Download and install EaseUS Todo Backup on your computer. Once you are done, launch it on your machine and click System Clone.


Step 2: Select the destination disk (USB drive) and click on Advanced Option. After that, check the box next to Create a portable Windows USB Drive and hit OK.


Step 3: Click Proceed and the software will start cloning Windows 10 to USB (the process may take several minutes). Once you are done, you now have a Windows 10 system partition in your USB drive and you can use it on any computer.


EaseUs Windows 10 to USB


Sum up

There is no other way to clone or install Windows 10 on USB and you have to use special software to help you complete the process. Once the migration is done, you can call a portable version of Windows 10 and enjor the new features much easily.



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