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How to Install Windows 10 from External Hard Drive

A personal computer is a source of education, entertainment, and information while connected with the internet. It frequently happens that you need to install the operating system on your computer. And the ways to do that are from a compact disk, USB, and external hard drive. I hope that you are pretty aware of the first two methods. But the last method is a rare method, and not known to many people.

In this article, we will discuss how to install windows 10 from external hard drive. So keep reading to find out more.

When do you need to install a new Window?

The following are the possible scenarios when you have to install a new Window on your computer.

  • The programs on your computer are not responding to your commands.
  • The execution of software become slow, and every task takes time.
  • Your computer become infected with viruses, malware, Trojans, or worms.
  • Your computer starts corrupting the existing files.
  • General utility applications start making errors.
  • The typing on your computer lags.
  • You need to upgrade the operating system of your computer.
  • Your computer takes a great amount of time while loading Windows.

Which is the best way to install a new Window?

The following are the ways to install a new Window.

  • Restoring Window at a previous date and time.
  • Installing Window from a compact disk or DVD.
  • Installing Window from a USB.
  • Installing Window from an external hard drive.

All the above methods are tested methods and provide you with a new Window. There are perks attached to each method. Restoring windows at a previous date will erase your installed programs, and it is a reliable, fastest, and suitable for laptops.

Installing Windows from a disk will take a longer time, and sometimes a few files can remain uninstalled due to the manufacturing error.

Installing Window from a USB is faster than the disk method but slower than restoring Window from the hard drive. But it provides complete installation.

Installing Windows from an external hard drive is also a faster method, which allows you to install all files.

In our opinion, installing Window from a USB, and external hard drive are the best methods for a Workingman because it provides all files in one place and takes less time.

The requirements to install Window from external hard drive

If you want to install window 10 from external hard drive, then you need the following things.

  • An external hard drive with a minimum of 4GB space.
  • Windows 10 ISO image file.
  • 7-zip software
  • Minitool partition wizard

You need to fulfill the above requirements.

Steps to install Windows 10 from external hard drive

All steps are mentioned below.

  • Open your computer.
  • Attach external hard drives with your computer by using a USB cable.
  • Go to my computer.
  • You need to right-click on the external hard drive.
  • From the options menu, you must select “Format.”
  • After that, select NTFS from the file system option.
  • Then, you need to select “Quick Format” option.

Quick Format

  • After that, you need to click start.
  • It will erase all data from your external hard drive.
  • Now, go to the folder where you have stored Windows 10 ISO file and right-click on it.
  • In the options menu, you need to select 7-zip.
  • After that, you must select “Open Archive”.
  • Then you need to extract all files from ISO file to the external hard drive.
  • Now, you need to open an elevated command prompt.
  • We assume that the external hard drive is drive F.
  • Give this command to the command prompt.

Cd f:

boot sect /nt 60 f: /force

cd f boot

  • Now, you have to use a disk part tool to make your external hard drive bootable.
  • Use the following command.

Diskpart

List disk

Select disk 1

List partition

Select partition 1

Active

Exit

  • We assume that “list disk” shows the external hard drive as the disk 1, and “list partition” shows the partition no 1 in the external hard drive.
  • Now, reboot your PC.
  • You need to press 12 for selecting boot media when your PC is restarting.
  • You need to select “Mass Storage Media” from the list to start the Window installation.
  • All the steps are the same as installing Windows from a USB or a DVD.
  • If your PC stops running during the installation, then you have to restart it. And the Window installation will start from the same point where you left it.

What to do when your external hard drive never boots?

If your computer does not boot your external hard drive, then you need to turn off your PC and external hard drive. After that, you need to restart them both at the same time. This error happens because hard drives do not spin while Windows is rebooting.

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Frequently asked questions

Q1: Can you boot from an external hard drive?

Ans: There are a lot of reasons to boot from external hard drives, and a USB is also an external hard drive. Yes, you can boot from external hard drive or USB, but you have to make the drive bootable. And it can be done by using the command prompt.

Q2: Can I install Windows 10 on an external hard drive?

Ans: Yes, you can. Before installing Windows 10, you need to back all data from the external hard drive. After that, you must delete all partitions from the external hard drive. And then, you can install Windows 10 on the external hard drive. You can use the system clone feature of Windows 10 to install the copy on the external hard drive. And you can use Ease Todo Backup from backing up files from the external hard drive.

Q3: How do I fix my external hard drive, not reading?

Ans: You need to reinstall the driver.

  • For that open start.
  • And search for device manager.
  • Expand the disk drivers.
  • Right-click on the external hard drive.
  • Click the Uninstall button.
  • Disconnect the drive.
  • Connect it again.
  • The driver will be automatically installed.
  • And your hard drive will work.

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