DiskGenius is capable of creating USB bootable disk and USB-FDD, USB-ZIP and USB-HDD boot methods are supported.
This function can converse USB flash disk (or USB hard drive) into FDD or ZIP mode and build bootable DOS system, which can be used to boot computer.
- For computers supporting USB boot, such boot disk can be used when restoring system.
- Nowadays, motherboard manufacturers have no agreed standards to USB boot mode; FDD, ZIP, HDD are the popular modes today.
- You can choose one according to the mode motherboard supports.
- Note: If you have any files on the USB disk (or memory stick), copy them to a hard disk first as they will be destroyed by the following process.
Select the USB drive and click "Disk" > "Convert Boot Mode" > "Convert To USB-FDD Bootable Mode" option.
Click Yes to continue if you've backed up important data for the USB disk. Select file system and click "Convert" button. Then DiskGenius starts to convert disk and copy DOS boot files to it. Besides, you can also set cluster size, volume label, driver letter before converting. Click OK button and reinsert the USB disk. Select the USB disk you want to make bootable disk, click "Disk" > "Convert Boot Mode" > "Convert to USB-ZIP Bootable Mode".
Universal USB Installer
The rest operations are the same as creating a USB-FDD bootable disk.
- The HDD mode is the regular hard drive boot mode.
- When you start a computer, it loads hard drive master boot program which looks for active partition; and the control right is transferred to operating system of the active partition.
Bootable USB with Rufus
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Make a bootable USB with WinUSB
Normally, the conversion is not necessary, and what you should do is to create a partition and format it on which you create a DOS system.
If the current disk is working in FDD or ZIP mode, this function can convert it to HDD mode. Detailed steps are in the following:. Select the USB disk to be created bootable disk and click "Disk" > "Convert Boot Mode" > "Convert To HDD Mode".
Click Yes button to continue if files on the disk have been well backed up.
Then DiskGenius converts the disk to HDD mode immediately.
- DiskGenius asks whether to create a bootable partition, as below:.
- Click No and DiskGenius won't create a partition after conversion, and you can use the disk normally; if you choose Yes, and "Create New Partition" dialog box pops up.
Create a bootable USB drive with UNetbootin
Click "OK" after selecting file system type and partition size, and DiskGenius will create a new partition immediately and copy DOS system to the newly created partition. The conversion of HDD mode is done! In the past, Microsoft Windows was installed by disc, CD- or DVD-ROM, or the floppy disc – and optical data carriers are also gradually disappearing from the scene.
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Instead, the operating system is either preinstalled on the system partition of a new computer or laptop, or you acquire Windows directly online, complete with a digital license, and download it yourself.
But if you need an external installation medium, many people nowadays use a bootable USB drive. It’s quicker and more compact that an optical data carrier, and so is perfectly suited for setting up (or resetting) a system – there are also many other possible uses.
Make a bootable USB drive with the Windows utility program DiskPart
Create a bootable USB with external tools.
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Windows Bootable Image (WBI) Creator
There are lots of uses for a bootable USB drive. The most important is, of course, booting the PC if it will no longer start itself because of a virus, serious system failure, defective hard drive, or partition problems.
The small piece of hardware is the standard solution for hosting an entire operating system and/or a recovery system like the multi-virus scanner Sardu and using it to successfully reboot and repair the computer.
- In addition to various other tools, Sardu also contains 20 virus scanners that can search the entire hard drive of a defective computer for malware and clean it up. Even if no such PC emergency is present, it’s a good idea to have a Windows image for data backup on a USB-capable storage medium (could also be an external hard drive) on hand. You can also use a bootable USB to upgrade Windows 7 or 8 to Windows 10 if a previously automatic upgrade doesn’t function correctly.
Windows USB/DVD Download Tool
- Store an image of the operating system.
- Upgrade an old operating system to Windows 10.
- “Clean” reinstallation of the operating system.
Since I'm getting asked about this on regular basis, there is no donation button on this page.
The main reason is that I feel that the donation system doesn't actually help software development and worse, can be guilt-inducing for users who choose not to donate.
Instead, I think that "mécénat"; or developer patronage, from companies which benefit most from a healthy FLOSS ecosystem, is what we should be aiming for. This is because, unless they are backed by a company, developers who want to provide quality Open Source software cannot realistically sustain full time development, no matter how generous their software users are.
Also, unless you are blocking them (hint, hint), you'll notice that there are ads on this page, which I consider sufficient revenue enough.
Finally the fact that I have the freedom to develop Free Software in my spare time should indicate that I'm well-off enough, and therefore that you should direct your generosity towards people who need it a lot more than I do. If you really insist, you can always make a donation to the Free Software Foundation, as they are the main reason software like Rufus is possible.
At any rate, I'll take this opportunity to say thank you for your continuing support and enthusiasm about this little program: it is much appreciated!
But please continue to feel free to use Rufus without any guilt about not contributing for it financially – you should never have to!
(1) Speed comparison between Rufus and other applications
The following tests were carried out on a Windows 7 x64 Core 2 duo/4 GB RAM platform, with an USB 3.0 controller and a 16 GB USB 3.0 ADATA S102 flash drive.
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|Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool v1.0.30||00:08:10|
|Universal USB Installer v188.8.131.52||00:07:10|
|•||Ubuntu 11.10 x86||:||ubuntu-11.10-desktop-i386.iso|
|Universal USB Installer v184.108.40.206||00:01:20|
|•||Slackware 13.37 x86||:||slackware-13.37-install-dvd.iso|
|Universal USB Installer v220.127.116.11||00:24:35|
(2) Non exhaustive list of ISOs Rufus is known to work with
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|Garuda Linux||,||Gentoo||,||GParted||,||Hiren's Boot CD||,||LiveXP||,||Knoppix||,||KolibriOS||,||Kubuntu||,||Linux Mint||,|
|Manjaro Linux||,||NT Password Registry Editor||,||OpenSUSE||,||Parted Magic||,||Partition Wizard||,||Raspbian||,|
|ReactOS||,||Red Hat||,||rEFInd||,||Rocky Linux||,||Slackware||,||Super Grub2 Disk||,||Tails||,||Trinity Rescue Kit||,|
|TrueNAS CORE||,||Ubuntu||,||UEFI Shell||,||Ultimate Boot CD||,||Windows XP (SP2+)||,||Windows Vista||,|
|Windows 7||,||Windows 8/8.1||,||Windows 10||,||Windows Server 2019||,||Windows 11||,||…|
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