Windows 10: Can I install Windows on my portable drive

  1.    03 Jul 2017 #1

    Can I install Windows on my portable drive


    I've recently been wanting to use my USB 3.0 portable drive. My idea was to use it to bring with me if I ever forgot my laptop, and boot into Windows 10 with all my files and applications on it. My hard drive has 1TB storage, so I doubt storage would be an issue.

    I do think there is a possible issue though, and that would be the drivers. If I were to have a Nvidia graphics card, could I use it at my friend's if he had an AMD card, would I be able to use it at his?

    So, what I'd like to know is how to install Windows 10 on the drive, and then get around any other issues you think might come up.

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  2.    03 Jul 2017 #2

    Welcome to the forum. It depends what you want to do. Trying to get s strange pc to boot to win10 could be a nightmare. This may be your best bet Windows 10 Live CD ISO Free Download - YouTube You could run windows 10 pe


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  4.    12 Jul 2017 #4

    Or you can use this tool which does exactly what you want it to do:
    http://www.easyuefi.com/wintousb/index.html
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  5.    12 Jul 2017 #5

    whiggs2 said: View Post
    Or you can use this tool which does exactly what you want it to do:
    http://www.easyuefi.com/wintousb/index.html
    That is same program NavyLCDR linked to.

    OP - this actually works well, even on different devices as Windows10 is far superior in sorting driver issues. Not 100% guranteed in all cases though. Biggest issue is activation unless yiu have a retail standalone licence.
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  6.    12 Jul 2017 #6

    Hi,

    Then there is Rufus as well.

    Cheers,
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  7.    12 Jul 2017 #7

    fdegrove said: View Post
    Hi,

    Then there is Rufus as well.

    Cheers,
    Will Rufus create a bootable full Windows installation on an external drive? The OP wants to boot into a full installation of Windows on a portable drive - not just be able to install Windows for a portable drive. This involves extracting the full Windows image contained in the install.wim file to a partition, not just putting the contents of the ISO file onto the flash drive.
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  •    12 Jul 2017 #8

    Hi,

    Yes, it can create a Win To Go installation on an external USB connected drive.
    My main reason for mentioning it is that you do not even have to install it on your machine for it to work.

    Cheers,
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