Rufus – The Easiest Way to Create Bootable USB Drives

Rufus is a utility that helps format and create bootable USB flash drives, such as USB keys/pendrives, memory sticks, etc.

It can be especially useful for cases where:

  • you need to create USB installation media from bootable ISOs (Windows, Linux, UEFI, etc.)
  • you need to work on a system that doesn’t have an OS installed
  • you need to flash a BIOS or other firmware from DOS
  • you want to run a low-level utility

Despite its small size (about 1MB), Rufus provides everything you need!

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Steps to Make a Bootable USB

Step 1: Open up Rufus and plug your clean USB stick into your computer.

Step 2: Rufus will automatically detect your USB. Click on Device and choose the USB you want to use from the drop-down menu.

Step 3: Make sure the Boot Selection option is set to Disk or ISO image then click Select. Rufus will open a file explorer browser window; locate the ISO image you want to burn onto the USB and select it.

Creating a Bootable USB Using Rufus

Note: In the latest version of Rufus (3.5), there’s now an option to download the ISO image for Windows 8.1 or 10 directly through Rufus, if you don’t already have a copy saved. Just click on the drop-down arrow next to the Select button and choose Download instead. This will open a dialogue box where you can choose which Windows version you want to download.

How to use rufus

Step 4: You’ll generally want to create a Standard Windows installation, and Rufus will automatically detect the correct Partition Scheme based on your device, so keep the default settings as they are. However, you can also change these if you want.

Step 5: Give the Volume label a name of your choice, or leave it as it is, and once again leave the default settings for File system and Cluster size. Now click Start

How to Create your bootable USB using Rufus

Note: if the USB you’re using isn’t large enough, you’ll get an error message you letting you know. In this case, you’ll need to start again with a different larger USB.

Step 6: You’ll get a warning saying that any data on the USB will be destroyed (this is normal). Click OK and Rufus will start creating the ISO image on the USB.

Step 7: Once Rufus has finished creating the ISO image on the USB, you can close it and your bootable USB is ready to go!

Download

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Google Drive – https://gd.51sec.org/0:/Tools/Disk%20and%20Boot%20Tools/

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