Methods to Create Bootable USB Drive

It is a general approach that you download an ISO and burn it to CD/DVD in order to create installation media for your OS. Despite this, you can also use a USB drive; while the method quite varies than that of CD/DVD media. Here it does not work if you copy the ISO disc image to the removable USB media. But instead, it required making the drive partition data bootable. A thing to be made here is that any data is stored in the USB drive will be erased. In this post, get to know methods to create bootable USB drive on your computer.

Windows Operating System

It is preferable that you use the USB 3.0 as it has got great speed, using USB 2.0 also works fine (but comparatively at a slower rate).For Windows PC’s you can use the Microsoft’s USB/DVD download tool in order to create a bootable drive. However, to run this you will need the Windows Installer ISO. Thereby, all that you require creating a bootable drive is an ISO file and a removable USB or flash drive storage media.

Linux ISO

Go to ISO form and download the Linux distribution that you want. You can then run the tool – choose the distribution – Specify or browse the downloaded file (the ISO file) – Pick the USB you want to make bootable.

Apart from this, you got a several numbers of tools that readily do this job for you. Once after creating the bootable USB, you can then use them.

The IMG file

There exist some operating systems that support the IMG file (instead of an ISO file). This IMG is nothing but a raw disk image that is to be copied down to your USB drive to make it bootable. Now, to make the flash drive or the SD card to be a bootable drive, you can use the Win32 Disk Imager. Doing this will wipe all the existing files or data on the storage drive.

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