Today, USB drives have become a standard when it comes to storage. USB drives have made the use of DVDs and CDs obsolete and are continuing to dominate the storage industry and use. USB drives have large storage capacities and are very portable. We can store all type of files on a USB drive. Until recent times, DVDs were used to install heavy software and operating systems on computers. Motherboards were set to boot up from a DVD and run its image files very easily. Now, People prefer to transfer data and install software via USB drives only as it is very convenient. So, today we are going to tell you how you can make Bootable USB Pendrive.
Installing an operating system from a USB drive can be a little tricky as motherboards do not read image files on a USB drive directly. For this purpose, a Bootable USB drive is needed which can be easily made. Here, in this article, we are going to list multiple ways with which you can make any USB drive bootable and install any OS or software on your PC and Laptops. Making a Bootable USB drive eliminates the need for an installation disk and makes the installation quick and hassle-free.
How To Make Bootable USB Pendrive.
If you want to make a Bootable USB pen drive, you can use any of the methods given below. Each method is given with a proper and easy to follow step by step procedure so you can follow any one of them easily.
Method 1. Using Rufus Software Application.
Rufus is a free open source software which can easily convert any USB Drive to a bootable USB drive and copy image files for installation. This software is very light, quick and efficient due to which we highly recommend it. Here are the steps you will need to follow to make a bootable USB pen drive using Rufus.
Step 1. Download Rufus from the link given below. This software is free of cost.
Step 2. Plugin the USB drive you want to make bootable. Make sure it does not contain any important file as it will be formatted during the process.
Step 3. Install and run the Rufus software file that you downloaded in step 1.
Step 4. You will see a window as shown in the image below. Select the USB drive and check the “Create a bootable disk using” and here you can select the iso image or a folder containing OS files.
Step 5. Click on “Start”. You will see a warning about the USB pen drive being formatted, click “yes”.
Step 6. Wait for the progress bar to complete until it shows “Finished” Then, you can exit the program and unplug your USB drive as it is ready.
Hence, this is how you can make a bootable USB drive with the help of Rufus.
Method 2. Using Command Prompt.
The next method of creating a bootable USB drive is using manual commands in command prompt. This method may seem a little overwhelming but it doesn’t require any third-party software and can work without internet connectivity in case you are in such a situation. Here are the steps to make a Bootable USB drive using the command prompt.
Step 1. Plugin the USB drive you want to make bootable. Make sure it does not contain any important file as it will be formatted during the process.
Step 2. Open a Command Prompt window as an administrator.
Step 3. Type “
diskpart” and hit enter.
Step 4. In the new command line window that just opened, to determine the USB flash drive number or drive letter, at the command prompt, type
list disk, and then hit ENTER. The
list disk command will display all the disks on the computer. Note down the drive number or drive letter of the USB flash drive.
Step 5. At the command prompt, type
select disk <X>, where X is the drive number or drive letter of the USB flash drive, and then hit enter.
Step 6. Type
clean, and then hit enter to wipe the drive.
Step 7. To create a new primary partition on the USB flash drive, type
create part pri, and then hit enter.
Step 8. To select the partition that you just created, type
select part 1, and hit ENTER.
Step 9. To format the partition, type
format fs=ntfs quick, and hit enter.
Step 10. Type
active, and then hit ENTER. Type
exit, and hit ENTER.
Step 11. Copy the image file of your OS or any software to the root storage of this USB and you will be able to boot from this bootable USB pen drive.
Hence, this is how you can make a bootable USB pen drive using the command prompt.
In conclusion, these are the two best methods to make a bootable USB pen drive. If you face any difficulty or need any assistance, feel free to write to us. We’d also like to hear your suggestions and experiences in the comment section below.