Create Hdd Bootable Windows 10

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Languages: EnglishFrançaisEspañolPortuguêsDeutsch日本語. What are the advantages of making external hard drive bootable? The first one is that you can use a bootable external hard drive to boot the unbootable computer.

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The second one is that when you don't want to use the system that comes with the computer, you can use bootable drive to boot the computer.

  • There are a number of important reasons for users to make external hard drive bootable Windows 10.
  • I have listed some reasons below.
  • When your Windows 10 fails to boot due to system corruption, hard drive failure, or a virus attack, you can easily boot your computer using the Windows 10 bootable external hard drive you created earlier to avoid being unable to use your computer at important times.
  • If you need to use a computer, but the computer is not around, then you can use the bootable drive to start other computers and use your own operating system anytime, anywhere.
Note: Any USB storage device larger than eight gigabytes will work, including external hard drives, external solid-state drives, and any kind of SD card that will plug into your computer.

How to make a Windows 10 bootable external drive?

Bottom Line

There are four methods for you. And Windows provides two built-in features to make a bootable external hard drive. Another two solutions, you need to download MiniTool software to make external hard drive bootable Windows 10.

Most people know that external hard drive bootable Windows 10 can be created by Windows To Go function that comes with Windows 10. Windows To Go can be used to copy all the system related files to the external hard drive so as to make it bootable.

Therefore, you can plug the USB drive into your computer and start the computer from the external hard drive.

However, there are several limitations for users to use this way to make external hard drive bootable Windows 10:.

First, to use Windows To Go, your Windows 10 must be Enterprise or Education or Professional version.

(In addition, Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise Edition has this feature, and other versions or operating systems do not have Windows To Go feature.).

Second, Windows To Go can only be run when the USB drive is certified and the storage space of it must be at least 32GB.

Warning: The Media Creation Tool will completely wipe any USB drive you choose to use. Back up any files you want to save before proceeding.

If the USB drive does not have enough space or is not certified, Windows To Go cannot be used to create Windows bootable USB drive. Then how to use Windows To Go to make Windows 10 bootable USB drive?

The method is below. Step 1:You need to download Windows 10 ISO file in your computer and insert a larger than 32GB certified USB drive into the computer.

Step 2: Type control panel in the search box at first and click Control Panel to continue. Step 3: You can set view by Small icons or enter Windows To Go in the right top search box, and click Windows To Go to continue.

Step 4: Choose the drive you want to use in Create a Windows To Go workspace window. Then click on it and click Next to continue. Step 5: Click Add search location to search for the Windows 10 ISO file and choose the Windows 10 ISO image to continue.

Step 6: Choose whether to set a BitLocker password. If you want to set a password, then enter your password, but you need to type your password to unlock the drive in the future.

If not, click Skip to continue. Step 7: All the data on the USB drive will be deleted because the USB drive will be reformatted. Remember to back up important files before click Create. Step 8: After finishing, select Yes or No to boot the computer from the new created Windows 10 bootable USB drive or not. If you want to test whether the USB drive is bootable, choose Yes and click Save and restart.