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How to Create a Bootable DOS USB Drive

How to Create a Bootable DOS USB Drive

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How to Create a Bootable DOS USB Drive
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DOS isn’t widely used anymore, but you wouldn’t know if from reading instructions written by manufacturers for BIOS updates, firmware-updating utilities, and other low-level system tools !hey will often re"uire you to boot into DOS and run the utility#e once formatted our floppy disks with $S-DOS using the format utility built into #indows, but most computers don’t have floppy disk drives anymore !hey may not even have optical disc drives%
Use Rufus
#indows won’t allow you to select the &'reate an $S-DOS startup disk( option when formatting a )SB drive * it’s grayed out #e will be using +ufus instead It’s a fast, lightweight application that includes reeDOSDownload +ufus and launch it +ufus doesn’t re"uire any installation * you will see the +ufus application as soon as you launch the downloaded ee file'reating a bootable )SB drive with DOS is simple./'onnect your )SB drive to the computer and select it in the Device bo01nsure the &'reate a bootable disk using( checkbo is enabled and ensure reeDOS is selected 2+ufus includes reeDOS, so you won’t have to download anything else34'lick the Start button
This will erase the contents of your USB drive!
Back up any important files on the )SB drive first
 
!hese should be the default options, so you may not even have to configure +ufus at all !he process should be etremely "uick * it took five seconds on our system
Copy Your iles Over
5ou have probably created this boot drive because you have a DOS-based program to run, such as a BIOS update utility or another low-level system program !o actually run these files from DOS, you will need to copy them over to your )SB drive or eample, you may have a BIOSBI6 and 78S9BIOSB8! file you need to run in DOS 'opy these files into the root directory of the )SB drive after formatting it
 
Boot nto DOS
5ou can now boot into DOS by restarting your computer If your computer does not automatically boot from the )SB drive, you may need to change your boot order  or use a boot menu to select the device you want to boot fromOnce you are in DOS, you can run the program you copied to your )SB drive by typing its name at the DOS prompt ollow any instructions provided in the manufacturer’s documentation to run the application!hese utilities still use DOS to ensure they have low-level access to the hardware without any other programs interfering or #indows getting in the way !his helps ensure BIOS updates and other low-level operations work  properly5ou could use a bootable )SB drive to run old DOS applications, but you would be better off using DOSBO: to run old DOS games and other applications
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