How To Create A Boot Usb

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This article has been viewed 4,702,151 times. A bootable USB is super convenient to have on hand if you need to install or repair an operating system on your computer. You can easily make your own bootable USB that’s equipped with the operating system of your choosing.

Whether you’re using Windows or a Mac, we’ll walk you through the process step-by-step.

Create a bootable USB with external tools

Download or create an image file. If you have an image file (usually ending in .ISO or IMG) that you want to turn into a bootable USB drive, great! If not, check out How to Create an ISO File to learn how to create one from an existing CD/DVD or from existing files and folders.For example, if you want to make a bootable Ubuntu drive, you can download the ISO of Ubuntu at https://ubuntu.com/download/desktop.

For example, if you want to make a bootable Ubuntu drive, you can download the ISO of Ubuntu at https://ubuntu.com/download/desktop.

Download Rufus from https://rufus.ie. Rufus is a free, lightweight tool that comes widely recommended by developers and product specialists across the internet.[1]XResearch source To download it, scroll down the page and click the first link under the "Download" header—it'll be the latest version of the tool (versions 3.11 as of July 2020).[2]XResearch sourceIf the download doesn't start automatically, click Save to start it.Advertisement3Double-click the downloaded file to run Rufus.

It's the file called rufus-3.11.exe (the version number may vary) in your default Download folder.You may have to click Yes when prompted to open the file.4Insert your USB flash drive.

Make sure to use a drive that's large enough to accommodate the size of your image file.

Also, if you already have files on the drive, back them up before you continue—this process will erase everything on it!5Select your USB drive from the "Device" menu. It's at the top of the Rufus window.6Select Disk or ISO image from the "Boot selection" menu.7Select your image file.

To do this, click the Select button to the right of the checkmark, navigate to and select the ISO or IMG file, and then click Open.This updates the "Volume label" field to match what's in the ISO.

If you want to give the drive another name, you can replace that text with anything you wish.The remaining settings should be fine in their default state, but feel free to change any parameters if you need to.8Click Start to create the drive.

Rufus will now copy the image file to the drive, which will make the drive bootable upon completion. When the drive is ready, click Close at the bottom-right to exit Rufus.

XResearch source. If the download doesn't start automatically, click Save to start it. Double-click the downloaded file to run Rufus. It's the file called rufus-3.11.exe (the version number may vary) in your default Download folder.You may have to click Yes when prompted to open the file.

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You may have to click Yes when prompted to open the file. Insert your USB flash drive. Make sure to use a drive that's large enough to accommodate the size of your image file.

Also, if you already have files on the drive, back them up before you continue—this process will erase everything on it! Select your USB drive from the "Device" menu. It's at the top of the Rufus window. Select Disk or ISO image from the "Boot selection" menu.

Select your image file. To do this, click the Select button to the right of the checkmark, navigate to and select the ISO or IMG file, and then click Open.This updates the "Volume label" field to match what's in the ISO.

If you want to give the drive another name, you can replace that text with anything you wish.The remaining settings should be fine in their default state, but feel free to change any parameters if you need to.

This updates the "Volume label" field to match what's in the ISO. If you want to give the drive another name, you can replace that text with anything you wish. The remaining settings should be fine in their default state, but feel free to change any parameters if you need to.

Click Start to create the drive. Rufus will now copy the image file to the drive, which will make the drive bootable upon completion. When the drive is ready, click Close at the bottom-right to exit Rufus.

Download or create an image file. To create a bootable USB flash drive, you'll need a bootable image.

Image files usually end with .ISO, .IMG, or .DMG. If you already have an image file you want to turn into a bootable USB drive, you're good to go!

Otherwise, see this wikiHow to learn how to create an image from an existing CD/DVD or files on your Mac.For example, if you want to create a bootable Ubuntu install drive, download the Ubuntu ISO from https://ubuntu.com/download/desktop.