How to Install Windows 10 on External Hard Drive – Easy Steps

How to Install Windows 10 on External Hard Drive

How to Install Windows 10 on External Hard Drive – Easy Steps

Developed by Microsoft, Windows 10 was initially released on July 29, 2015. It has drawn itself great attention since it was one of the most important releases of the Windows NT operating systems.

Its predecessor was Windows 8.1 which was also of special importance among Windows users. It was released nearly 2 years before the release of Windows 10.

When it comes to installing Windows 10, there are many ways you can install it. You can download and install it through their website or the official Microsoft disk. There are multiple ways by which you can install Windows 10 such as you can install it through your USB, CD, or DVD.

But people try to explore new ways by which they can install Windows 10 and in this process they discover the question: can they download Windows 10 through their external hard drive? Well, the short answer is yes.

So, if you are willing to install it through your external hard drive, it can be done but in the process you may face some difficulties.

In this article we will discuss an easy and simple method for installing Windows 10 through your external hard drive.

How to install Windows 10 on External hard drive:

Before installing the Windows from the external hard drive it is important to know first how you can download and install the Windows to the external hard drive.

Installing the Windows 10 on your external hard drive can be done in two steps. First of all, you need to back up your hard drive and then clean up your hard drive. Secondly, install the Windows 10 on your external hard drive.

In order to install Windows 10 on an external hard drive, you have to use Windows To go. There are other ways too but this is the most simple of all.

We will discuss this method in detail for installing Windows 10 on an external hard drive.

Backing up the external hard drive:

The backing up can be done easily by copying the data of the drive to another hard disk. You can also use any data backup software for copying the data. If you are willing to do this process in just a click, then using a third party software would get the job done for you. 

Method 1: Use Windows To Go

You need to keep in mind that the Windows To Go can only be accessed in Windows Enterprise Edition and Education Edition. Make sure that the system you are using is one of these editions because without that you cannot install the Windows 10 on your external hard drive.

Follow these steps in order to install the Windows 10 on your external hard drive.

  1. You need to make sure that your external hard drive is one of the certified USB drives.
  2. Since you have already backed up the drive, connect it to the computer and format it.
  3. After that, you need to download the Windows 10 Enterprise ISO file.
  4. Now you need to right click the windows icon.
  5. Then search for Windows To Go and go on.
  6. Select your external hard drive and after that click on “Next”.
  7. Now you have to click “Add Search Location” in order to browse to the Windows 10 ISO file that you downloaded initially. Continue after that.
  8. Turn on the “BitLocker Encryption” on your external hard drive.
  9. Click on “Create”.
  10. Now the Windows To Go will transfer to the drive.
  11. Wait for the process to get completed, which will take approximately 30 minutes.
  12. After that the completion page will show up, which means you are now ready to go.

Method 2 With USB Drive

Now that you have successfully installed the Windows 10 to your external hard drive, you can easily install the Windows 10 to your computer.

Here are easy and simple steps that will help you to install Windows 10 to your computer.

Step 1: Link your external hard drive to your personal computer and make sure that you have already backed up the hard drive before installing.

Step 2: Secondly, click on the “Windows 10 ISO” file and then extract all the files to the hard drive.

Step 3: After that, open a command prompt.

Step 4: For instance, “f:” is the drive letter of your drive.

Step 5: Type this command.

“ f :

cd boot

bootsect / nt60  f :  / force “

Step 6: Now type these commands in order to make the partition bootable.

“ diskpart

list disk

select disk 1

list partition

select partition 1



Step 7: After that, now press “F12” in order to choose a boot media.

Step 8: Now in order to start the installation, you need to choose “Mass Storage Media” from the list.

This was it for a detailed guide on how to install and then download Windows 10 from your external hard drive.


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