HOW TO USE AND CREATE BOOTABLE USB FLASH

HOW TO USE AND CREATE BOOTABLE USB FLASH,A boot device is any piece of hardware containing the files required for a computer to start. For example, a hard drive, floppy disk drive, CD-ROM drive, DVD drive, and USB jump drive are all considered bootable devices.

A bootable flash drive will allow you to boot the computer from the file system on the flash drive rather than your hard drive. Your computer has a boot sector on the hard drive that contains information about its use.

To create a bootable USB flash drive

Insert a USB flash drive into a running computer. Open a Command Prompt window as an administrator. Type disk part. In the new command line window that opens, to determine the USB flash drive number or drive letter, at the command prompt, type list disk, and then click ENTER.

Or follow below stages

  1. Insert a USB flash drive into a running computer.
  2. Open a Command Prompt window as an administrator.
  3. Type disk part.
  4. In the new command line window that opens, to determine the USB flash drive number or drive letter, at the command prompt, type list disk, and then click ENTER. The list disk  command displays all the disks on the computer. Note the drive number or drive letter of the USB flash drive.
  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 click ENTER.
  6. Type clean, and the click ENTER. This command deletes all data from the USB flash drive.
  7. To create a new primary partition on the USB flash drive, type create partition primary, and then click ENTER.
  8. To select the partition that you just created, type select partition 1, and then click ENTER.
  9. To format the partition, type format fs=ntfs quick, and then click ENTER.
  10. Type active, and then click ENTER.
  11. Type exit, and then click ENTER.
  12. When you finish preparing your custom image, save it to the root of the USB flash drive.

Why do we need to create a bootable USB?

These small memory devices are portable and only require that you plug them into a computer’s USB port to access their data. A bootable flash drive offers even more benefits, as it enables you to continue working on a different computer or helps you fix a computer that is having problems.

The Best Free Tools for Creating a Bootable Windows or Linux USB Drive

  • Rufus. RELATED: How to Create a Bootable Linux USB Flash Drive, the Easy Way.
  • UNetbootin.
  • Ubuntu Startup Disk Creator.
  • Universal USB Installer.
  • WiNToBootic.
  • Windows Bootable Image (WBI) Creator.
  • WinToFlash.
  • XBoot.

difference between bootable and normal pendrive

A normal pendrive is used for purpose of copying data from one computer and transferring data onto another computer. A bootable pendrive is used for performing upgrades or updates onto a computer.

Advantages of Bootable USB over CDs
USB Flash drives are reusable. You can change the stuff it boots into, anytime. you don’t have to buy a new blank CD if you want to try a different OS or any bootable tool. You can also store your own files along with the bootable stuff.