Windows 10: New copy of Windows 10 on external SSD for a different laptop

Discus and support New copy of Windows 10 on external SSD for a different laptop in Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade to solve the problem; I have a laptop that's hard drive broke and I still want to use that computer. So, is it possible to put a copy of Windows 10 on an external SSD from a... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade' started by LucFelando, Jun 8, 2019.

  1. New copy of Windows 10 on external SSD for a different laptop


    I have a laptop that's hard drive broke and I still want to use that computer. So, is it possible to put a copy of Windows 10 on an external SSD from a different laptop and just transfer that SSD to the other laptop? And if so, how?

    Thanks so much for any help.

    :)
     
    LucFelando, Jun 8, 2019
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  2. Windows 10 on HDD to a new SSD

    I have recently replaced the 500 GB HDD in my laptop running Windows 10 with a 480 GB SSD. The laptop was fully configured with my applications and other settings. The steps I took were as follows:

    1) Shrink the C: drive so it was significantly smaller than the SSD (by at least 100 GB) using the Disk Management tools in W10.

    2) Copy all the files from D: onto an external HDD.

    3) Download Ubuntu Linux and burn on to a DVD.

    4) Download Windows 10 from https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10 and burn this on to a DVD.

    5) Close down and boot the laptop from the Ubuntu DVD from step 3 (I used a USB DVD rewriter).

    6) Plug in the external HDD.

    7) Open a Linux terminal and cd to the external HDD.

    8) Copy the C: partition to the external HDD using a command such as:

    dd bs=1024k if=/dev/sda1 of=C-drive

    where sda1 is adjusted to point to the correct partition.

    9) Close down and remove the external HDD.

    10) Remove the HDD and replace with the SSD.

    11) Perform a clean install Windows 10 from the DVD from step 4. Deleting all partitions from the SSD if it has had any created on it. When it asked for the product key, there was an option to enter it later. Make sure that the C: drive that is created is
    the same size or bigger than the C: drive was on the HDD.

    12) Repeat steps 5, 6 and 7 then run the command

    dd bs=1024k if=C-drive of=/dev/sda4

    With the clean install of W10 64bit, sda4 was the C: drive on the SSD after the installation.

    13) Reboot from the SSD. The first couple of times my laptop reported errors and went into repair and diagnostic cycles. The last one said something like Reboot or Go to further tools. I cannot remember the exact messages but the meaning was as I have described.
    I rebooted and Windows 10 came up and ran perfectly.

    14) With the SSD working I shrank the C: drive a few GB to make sure the physical space was the same size as the actual filesystem.

    15) Create a D: format it and copy all the saved files on to the new D: from the external HDD.

    Job done. All my applications worked perfectly and the laptop connected to my wireless network without needing the pass phrase re-entering. I had tried several other ways of cloning the HDD to the SSD, but as the SSD was 20 GB smaller this was the only way
    I managed to get it to work.

    I hope this helps others to make the HDD to SSD transition.
     
    Grangeland, Jun 8, 2019
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  3. How do install my copy of Windows 10 on an SSD that I will then swap for the internal SSD in my Dell Laptop?

    I bought a new 500Gb 2.5" SSD and an external USB Hard Drive Case.

    I want to do a fresh install of Windows 10 on this drive externally, then swap it for the existing 125 Gb SSD in my Dell Inspiron 11 laptop.

    I do not have a registration key for Windows 10 as it was preinstalled, and I am concerned that:

    1. The laptop may have a custom Dell installation, ie unique drivers and mods

    2. I will lose my registration

    3. I will lose all my software installations

    4. The laptop will not boot the drive after I swap it in

    Please give me step by step instructions and a heads up of any problems I may encounter and should avoid.

    Thanks

    Peter
     
    PeterBreis, Jun 8, 2019
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  4. Ahhzz Win User

    New copy of Windows 10 on external SSD for a different laptop

    Windows 10 Tweaks

    Pressing “Windows+Pause Break” (it’s up there next to scroll lock) opens the “System” Window.

    Windows 10: In the new version of Windows, Explorer has a section called Quick Access. This includes your frequent folders and recent files. Explorer defaults to opening this page when you open a new window. If you’d rather open the usual This PC, with links to your drives and library folders, follow these steps:

    • Open a new Explorer window.
    • Click View in the ribbon.
    • Click Options.
    • Under General, next to “Open File Explorer to:” choose “This PC.”
    • Click OK


    credit to Lifehacker.
     
    Ahhzz, Jun 8, 2019
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