Today Windows 10 is widely used all over the world and some users are wondering “is it possible to install Windows 10 on an external hard drive so as to carry it with them and use it on other computers.”
How do you think of this thought? In fact, when you are trying to install Windows 10 straight onto the external disk, you will get an error message saying that windows cannot be installed on a USB drive or IEE 1394. Does this mean installing Windows on external hard drive is impossible? Absolutely NOT. We show you the solutions.
Actually, install Windows on external hard drive is somewhat difficult for average users because Windows installation does not allow this operation. But keep faith for you can find the complete solution here.
Steps to install Windows 10 on external SSD/USB drive:
Step 1. Put the Windows 10 install file to a safe location. Connect the external hard drive to your computer.
Step 2. Run command prompt as administrator. Once the command prompt window appears, input “diskpart” and then “list disk” to find the external hard drive you want to install Windows 10 on.
Step 3. Enter the following command lines one by one and press Enter key after each to create an active partition:
Select disk N (N should be replaced with the correct disk number)
Create partition primary
Format fs=ntfs quick
Assign letter=N (N can be replaced with any other available drive letter)
Step 4. Extract the install.win file to the target external hard drive. Please refer to the command line in the picture below.
Dism /apply-image /imagefile=N:\sources\install.wim /index:1 /applydir:N:\
Tip: the first N should be replaced with the drive letter of the partition that saves install.wim; the second N should be replaced with the drive letter of the target external SSD/USB drive.
Press Enter and wait patiently for the success.
Step 5. Enter the final command line “bcdboot N:\windows /s N: /f ALL” to ensure the USB hard drive is bootable. (Replace N with the drive letter letter of the target partition.)
Here ends the whole process, and you can use this external hard drive on any other Windows 10-capable and USB-bootable computer. The initial setup is lengthy and you need to be patient. After you enter your information and personalize your computer, you will have to wait a long time for multiple fascinating screens like getting your PC ready, installing applications, taking care of a
In our thought, installing Windows 10 to external hard drive makes little difference, for you will have to go through a long time wait. In fact, it is better installing Windows 10 on external SSD and connect the SSD to other computers. We suggest using MiniTool Partition Wizard to clone your Windows 10 to an SSD and then the SSD is ready for use. Read How Can You Migrate Windows 10 to SSD without Reinstalling OS for the details.