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How To Make Bootable USB


admin May 30, 2009 366 Comments Advertisement Having a bootable USB is very essential, especially if you are a Netbook user. Using bootable USB to install an operating system (OS) not only makes the installation faster, but also saves a DVD. Creating or using an USB drive to install Windows operating systems is very easy if you follow the below mentioned steps.

If you are planning to use bootable USB to install Windows 7 or Vista please refer our guides: Install Windows 7/Vista using bootable USB guide And also, you can refer install Windows 7 on Acer Aspire One guide

Coming back to bootable USB guide, here we assume that you are using either Vista or Windows 7 to create a bootable USB. Step 1: Insert your USB (4GB+ preferable) stick to the system and backup all the data from the USB as we are going to format the USB to make it as bootable. Step 2: Open elevated Command Prompt. To do this, type in CMD in Start menu search field and hit Ctrl + Shift + Enter. Alternatively, navigate to Start > All programs >Accessories > right click on Command Prompt and select run as administrator. Step 3: When the Command Prompt opens, enter the following command: DISKPART and hit enter. LIST DISK and hit enter. Once you enter the LIST DISK command, it will show the disk number of your USB drive. In the below image my USB drive disk no is Disk 1. Step 4: In this step you need to enter all the below commands one by one and hit enter. As these commands are self explanatory, you can easily guess what these commands do. SELECT DISK 1 (Replace DISK 1 with your disk number) CLEAN CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY SELECT PARTITION 1 ACTIVE FORMAT FS=NTFS (Format process may take few seconds) ASSIGN EXIT

Dont close the command prompt as we need to execute one more command at the next step. Just minimize it. Step 5: Insert your Windows DVD in the optical drive and note down the drive letter of the optical drive and USB media. Here I use D as my optical (DVD) drive letter and H as my USB drive letter. Step 6: Go back to command prompt and execute the following commands: D:CD BOOT and hit enter. Where D is your DVD drive letter. CD BOOT and hit enter to see the below message. BOOTSECT.EXE/NT60 H: (Where H is your USB drive letter)

Step 7: Copy Windows DVD contents to USB. You are done with your bootable USB. You can now use this bootable USB as bootable DVD on any computer that comes with USB boot feature (most of the current motherboards support this feature). Note that this bootable USB guide will not work if you are trying to make a bootable USB on XP computer.
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1. girish says:

December 22, 2012 at 10:01 pm A BIG THANK YOU!!!! Initially i had made my usb bootable for ubuntu , the size of my 8gb usb had reduced to 756mb , i tried formatting it the normal way but

didnt succeed!! Then i followed the first part of your instructions for formatting and now i have my 8gb of space back on usb thanks again Reply
2. telitsa says:

December 23, 2012 at 9:15 pm thankes Reply


3. Andreea says:

December 28, 2012 at 11:18 pm Hello! I dont have a cd with Windows on it, but I have downloaded it on my PC. Can you tell me, please, what I have to modify? Reply
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thomas says: March 5, 2013 at 6:50 am you dont really need a cd, an iso file works just fine, just copy the files to extract the file to the usb and youre done Reply

4. SeptimusRaven says:

December 30, 2012 at 5:34 pm If this works i didnt bought a Athlon X4 740 with a super advanced MB that doesnt have a IDE drive for my DvD writer, for nothing. Hope this works, becoz i forgot to buy also a drive with sata to install Win from cd, and right now, a stick is my last option. Again, hope it works, and thanks for the tutorial Reply
5. kunaal says:

December 30, 2012 at 9:04 pm not showing my pendrive 4gb in command prompt Reply
6. SAMUEL says:

December 31, 2012 at 6:32 pm when i enter the bootsect.exe /nt60 F: command i get the folowing target volumes will be updated with bootmgr compatible bootcode. could not map drive partitions to the associated volume device objects: access is denied. what can i do? Reply
7. SAMUEL says:

December 31, 2012 at 6:43 pm to follow my previous post, i launched the cmd as administrator and tried again with the last few steps in the chain starting with d: cd boot to the end the following error came up could not open the volume root directory: the pramater was incorrect. no bootcode was successfully updated what can i do Reply
8. Jonathan says:

January 29, 2013 at 4:52 am your last step doesnt seem to work as when you ask for the usb drive to become bootable using the command bootsect.exe/nt60 the error pertains to EFI and the fact that your trick only works on PC/AT bootable bios.. So, I was really disappointed to heard that.. Reply

9. Hendryk says:

February 8, 2013 at 2:14 pm Hi all I followed these instruction until when it was formatting, my electricity went downwhen the electricity on again, i tried to resume again by starting from the first step Somehow, when formatting the usb flashdiak, it wrote Virtual Disk Service error: A cocurrent second call is made on an object before the first is completed. After that i can even format my drive, even when i tried to use right click and format (You dont have sufficient rights to perfom this operation) What should i do? Help me please? Reply
10. OSXP says:

February 19, 2013 at 2:25 am @ Hendryk use HDD Low Level Format Tool (google it) and format your flash Disk,hopefully everythings gonna be OK. Reply
11. rayan says:

February 22, 2013 at 3:36 pm no device found after pressing install windows! why? Reply

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admin May 14, 2012 3 Comments Advertisement By know, most of you probably know how to create a bootable USB using Command Prompt and install Windows 7 or Windows 8 from USB flash drive. There are tens of free programs available as well to assist you create bootable Windows USB drive so that you can install Windows, even if your PC doesnt have a CD/DVD drive. Users who often create a bootable USB and install Windows from the same might know that the programs that are available to create bootable flash drives dont give the expected result. So, its always a good idea to use the Command Prompt for the job. There are many guides available on the Internet, including our how to install Windows 7 from USB flash drive to help you create bootable USB.

The Command Prompt method includes executing a list of commands to format and prepare the USB drive. As all users arent comfortable with Command Prompt, users who have two or more flash drives may consider keeping a flash drive for Windows installation job. This will save you time as well as your flash drive (formatting flash drive repeatedly may corrupt it) as you dont need to execute commands every time you want to install Windows. But if you have only one flash drive and dont want to go through the Command Prompt method every time, you may simply create an image backup of the USB flash drive and restore the image backup when you want to install Windows from USB. USB Image Tool is a small tool that lets you create image backup of any USB drives with a click. It supports almost all USB drives out there and lets you backup bootable drives as well. Follow the below mentioned steps to create an image backup of the bootable drive and restore the backup using the same tool. How to create image backup of the bootable USB: Step 1: Download and install USB Image Tool. It supports both x86 and x64 versions of Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 operating systems. Step 2: Connect your bootable USB drive to the PC and then run the program as administrator. Select your USB drive, select Device Mode in drop-down menu, click Backup button and browse to the location where you wish to save the image backup and finally click Save button to start the process.

To restore the image backup to the USB: Step 1: Connect the USB drive to your PC, backup all data from the USB and then launch the program. Step 2: Select Device Mode, click on Restore button and browse to the image file that you have previously saved and finally click Open button to start restoring the backup image to the USB drive. Thats it! Filed in: Windows 7 Guides Windows 8 Guides Tagged with: Bootable USB Freeware for Windows Advertisements

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1. Anonymous says:

May 20, 2012 at 11:08 am what if i have a 8gb flash & i want to save other data on it, will it effect on the window bootable setup or not ? Reply
2. HTWingNut says:

October 27, 2012 at 7:42 pm Doesnt work for DOS boot drives. Reply
3. anonymouse says:

January 19, 2013 at 8:39 pm I have an easy alternative. this also helps with avoiding loading the windows install process if you leave your BIOS set to boot from USB first and you forgot to eject your usb drive before restarting. Simply make a folder and name it something like windows x install and move the installation files in there when not needed. to avoid mixing your other files that you want to store on the usb drive, simply store them at all times in a folder called something like my files. this will keep all your stuff separate and orderly and ready to use in a minutes notice. Reply

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