Friday, May 27, 2016

How to Create a Bootable Flash Drive in Few Easy Steps

New portable computers are always equipped with USB ports but expect the absence of DVD or optical drives. Some users choose to buy a separate external device for reading optical disks and alike. Stores are selling laptop computers loaded with either Microsoft Windows 8.1 or Windows 10. However, as a power user who would like to go beyond the features of the said pre-installed platform, we might asks for a major changes to the whole system.

Aside from Microsoft, we have a lot of options to choose for the type of operating systems. Ubuntu, Fedora, and UNIX-like (Linux) platforms are also available for download without a corresponding cost (in other words, for free). And if you are planning to embrace one of these free operating systems, you can start to think of a possible tool to convert your installation package (from DVD) to a laptop supported drive.

OS Installer Bootable Flash Drive

Most of free operating systems can be downloaded from its respective official website in either image or .iso format. The good thing about it, you can directly convert that file to a bootable (USB readable) flash drive. For few and easy steps on how to do it, see the following:

Step 1. Get a copy of your free operating system from any reliable source (be careful with your source, it must be from the official download website of your chosen platform).

Step 2. Check the file format of the entire package (if it comes as image or .iso format, you don't have to worry for converting that file to other form).

Step 3. Get a copy of Rufus (the author suggested tool for creating bootable USB drives) or any reliable bootable drive creating software (if possible, get a licensed and fully functional copy).

Step 4. In your computer (if possible, with Windows 7 OS) used for creating the bootable drive, insert your flash drive (storage sizes will vary according to the actual size of your installation package). Reminder: You may choose to use drive with a storage capacity of about 4GB to 8GB for DVD-size installer.

Step 5. Run your application for creating the bootable USB drives and take a look around for some necessary option or action on how to browse (the image or .iso file), format (setting the drive file system), or adding of important details (the label of your bootable device) to your drive. And there you go!

Note: The speed in creating your drive depends in your computer's memory (RAM) size and processing capabilities. You can also use the remaining free space of your new drive for storing other files.

The above steps are also applicable in most of Microsoft Windows installation package. In my own way of doing the above simple steps, Rufus (must be in the latest version) is one of the promising applications you can use in converting image or iso files to a fully functional bootable USB drive.

Furthermore, if your installation package is in DVD disk, you can also use an image maker software such us the Power ISO or other type of application with the same functionalities.

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