Windows 10: Problems with bootable System Clone on USB-SSD

Discus and support Problems with bootable System Clone on USB-SSD in Windows 10 Backup and Restore to solve the problem; For years I tried to get a running Windows system with all installed software that is bootable from USB, it never worked. Then came Microsoft with... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Backup and Restore' started by TechnoMax, Mar 3, 2019.

  1. TechnoMax Win User

    Problems with bootable System Clone on USB-SSD


    For years I tried to get a running Windows system with all installed software that is bootable from USB, it never worked. Then came Microsoft with Windows To Go, but this supports only a few special USB sticks.
    The mini solution I then found is WinToUSB that at least can install a fresh Windows 10 system on any external USB drive that can boot.
    And then I ran into EaseUS ToDo Backup that promises bootable clones of a running Windows system with all its programms and drivers, all that I wanted. To my surprise this really works, so far I have produced several PCs clones to the cheapest USB-SSDs that I could get these days. (It did not work properly with USB sticks.)
    But the laptop of my wife ist the only Windows PC that could not be cloned this way. Probably because of a strange partition layout from previous repair sessions and reinstalls.
    So far I have this work around: I made a VHD backup of the laptop system partitions, installed a fresh 1803 (not 1809, that probably would not work) on an external USB-SSD and in this new Windows I installed VMWare Player 15. I made a new virtual machine in this USB drive Windows and copied the VHD into this and changed the hard disk link of the VM to this VHD (not VMDK). This gives a working external Windows system but MS Office asks for reregistration. The EaseUS clones are real duplicates of the parents Windows installation an inherit the Windows activation as well as the programm keys.

    What could I do to get a running EaseUS clone of this particular notebook too?

    :)
     
    TechnoMax, Mar 3, 2019
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  2. Agility Win User

    Multi-bootable USB

    Hey guys from TPU, couldn't find any specific thread pertaining to the question asked on title. As mentioned, I'm trying to create a bootable USB, but with many specifics boots available.

    I've been trying to create one with multiple boot device including one that enables me to run Windows 10 directly on the USB Thumb Drive but to no avail.

    The list of bootable images i'm trying to create are

    1. Windows 10 (A full OS running from thumb drive)
    2. Windows 10 ISO (Bootable disk image for fresh install)
    3. MemTest86+

    Have tried YUMI or UUI from the website USB PenDrive Linux but as this is my first time, i don't know how am i screwing up or am doing it right.. Anyone got a rough idea on a step by step guide? Thanks!
     
    Agility, Mar 3, 2019
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  3. How to make a clone disk bootable?

    My hard drive didn’t want to boot so I used Macrium Reflect 7 Free and made a clone of the hard drive to a USB external drive. Unfortunately I didn’t manage to boot my device from this cloned, external drive. I decided to install Macrium Reflect
    7 Free on the SSD to use it as a clone of the external hard drive. Now I have a bootable SSD and a non-bootable clone of the drive and I need to restore everything that
    I had on the drive before the crash. Please, how can I restore the system?
     
    masareismasareis, Mar 3, 2019
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  4. cadaveca Win User

    Problems with bootable System Clone on USB-SSD

    Moving to SSD. Clone or not to clone?

    I kinda agree with you, but on a wholr, do not. While I have done things a bit differently than this specific situation, by installing Windows directly to the SSD, and cloning after, my testing shows that there are no issues doing this, very little that can go wrong, provided your system is stable.

    There are certain features that must be disabled in this situation, like auto defrag and such, but even with a fresh install to the SSD, you need to take steps to ensure that you SSD performs properly, regardless of how the data got there.

    Arming yourself with a bit of knowledge can go a long way.

    Installing the latest chipset driver, and the RST Tools, will ensure optimal performance of the SSD. but rather than taking my advice, I suggest the OP takes a look here:

    http://blogs.dirteam.com/blogs/sand...7-and-ssds-to-clone-windows-or-reinstall.aspx

    Installing The SSD - Install A Solid State Drive In Your Notebook

    Keep in mind, also, Digibucc, that many retail drives include software and such that very specifically is to be used to ttranser the OS from an existing mechanical drive to an SSD, and if there really was alot fo issues stemming from the cloning process, they would not have packages like that, simply to eliminate tech support costs. While not the optimal option, cloning is NOT a bad thing, as long as you take the nessecary steps.
     
    cadaveca, Mar 3, 2019
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