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    How to create bootable USB flash drive?

    It is my understanding that modern computers allow to be booted up via a USB flash drive instead of a CD/DVD drive. I'm just curious to know how this flash drive thing works.

    Say that I download an .iso file such as the one for a live Linux distro. The computer that I currently have requires me to download the .iso file, burn it to a DVD, and use the DVD drive to boot the resulting live Linux distro up (by pressing a key such as the ESC one and selecting the DVD drive as the boot up device in the BIOS).

    How does it work with a computer capable of booting up via a USB flash drive?

    Do you download an .iso file and burn it to the USB flash drive?? Something tells me that it is not the way bootable USB flash drives are created...

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    Rufus is your friend.
    Download the ISO and use Rufus to burn it to the USB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul T View Post
    Rufus is your friend.
    Download the ISO and use Rufus to burn it to the USB.

    cheers, Paul
    Thanks, Paul.

    So... Windows Disc Image Burner would not be able to burn an .iso file to a USB flash drive?

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    Most Live linux cds I have used also allow one to make a bootable Linux USB or external HDD once booted.
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    I don't know if you can burn an ISO to USB using native Windows commands.

    cheers, Paul

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    I've used http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/downl...-download-tool to create a bootable Win 7 USB and a bootable disk for Vista, although I think the ISO has to be a Windows one as I tried it with an ISO for something else to create a bootable disk, but it didn't recognise it as an ISO.

    I believe it also works for Win 8.1 but you may need to use the Media Creation Tool for Win 10.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sudo15 View Post
    I've used http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/downl...-download-tool to create a bootable Win 7 USB and a bootable disk for Vista, although I think the ISO has to be a Windows one as I tried it with an ISO for something else to create a bootable disk, .
    I also believe that, Windows only!

    I would also suggest Yumi,http://www.pendrivelinux.com/yumi-mu...t-usb-creator/ it sets up a multi boot usb with many options. See the many option for it and other tools @


    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...ve_USB_systems
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul T View Post
    I don't know if you can burn an ISO to USB using native Windows commands.

    cheers, Paul
    You can with the correct software and a large enough USB drive.
    http://www.rmprepusb.com/documents/release-2-0
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    Russ, that isn't a native Windows command.

    cheers, Paul

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul T View Post
    Russ, that isn't a native Windows command.

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    You don't say whether you are using one of the leading backup programs. I use Macrium Reflect, and Acronis before that. Macrium and Acronis both offered the facility to burn boot media, CD/DVD, or USB stick, and nagged you until you had done it.

    Experience with Macrium was excellent, a small hiccup with an early build of version 6, good forum help, and a new build fixed the problem.

    And, just to remind you - make sure to test your bootable USB. Finding that it doesn't boot your system when you need it to is a bit late. Sounds obvious, easy to overlook.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tb75252 View Post
    It is my understanding that modern computers allow to be booted up via a USB flash drive instead of a CD/DVD drive. I'm just curious to know how this flash drive thing works.

    Say that I download an .iso file such as the one for a live Linux distro. The computer that I currently have requires me to download the .iso file, burn it to a DVD, and use the DVD drive to boot the resulting live Linux distro up (by pressing a key such as the ESC one and selecting the DVD drive as the boot up device in the BIOS).

    How does it work with a computer capable of booting up via a USB flash drive?

    Do you download an .iso file and burn it to the USB flash drive?? Something tells me that it is not the way bootable USB flash drives are created...
    The below link provides instructions and files required to create bootable flash drives of any flavor of linux or Windoze. Please enjoy and distribute widely.

    http://www.pendrivelinux.com/univers...easy-as-1-2-3/

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    What I do is have a cheap portable external USB drive. These drives in my experience are not very reliable, but they have worked for me several times when it was crucial.

    This is the solution for anyone who is not happy usings the various offerings available to make a USB bootable etc

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    Tools for making Bootable USB Rescue Environments (mostly Windows and WinPE, as Linux already offers its own USB Boot Media downloads, or you can purchase certain Linux Live and Install USB Media directly from OS Disc) :

    Lazesoft:
    http://www.lazesoft.com/

    Aomei PE Builder:
    http://www.aomeitech.com/pe-builder.html

    OS Disc:
    https://www.osdisc.com/

    Remember, on some recent laptops with UEFI Fast Boot, you must do three things to be able to boot from a USB device:
    (1) Disable Secure Boot in your BIOS
    (2) On some Toshiba Satellite and some other brands of laptops, disable Fast Boot in the BIOS
    (3) Disable Windows 8, 8.1, or 10 Fast Startup -- This Windows feature locks up the NTFS and System Partitions and sometimes causes them not to be accessible in Rescue environments.

    I have used Macrium Reflect Free Version 6 on USB and CD for a Windows Rescue Environment. Linux likes my Ubuntu Install Media. With the three caveats above, Linux can also see and repair Windows NTFS and System Partitions.

    I also keep USB sticks with my ASUS Transformer Book t100ta restore image and drivers with a special program supplied at the ASUS web site. Other brands and other devices may offer similar tools. These are bootable even when Windows won't boot. See BackTracker info:
    https://www.asus.com/us/support/FAQ/1008640/
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    I use Universal USB Installer found here http://goo.gl/ZtsX0y. It will copy linux or Windows Vista, 7 or 8 iso. You don't burn it to a usb drive.

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