23
May
2011

How to create a bootable USB drive

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A bootable USB drive is very important these days. If your computer / laptop / netbook CD / DVD drive is not working, you can boot your computer using USB pen drive.

In this tutorial, we will make a a bootable USB drive on a windows 7 computer.

  • Insert your USB pen drive.
  • Our next step is to clean everything from this USB drive. Format the pen drive using NTFS / FAT32. Right click the drive and select format. NTFS format type is recommended.
  • Click Start button and then type cmd in the Start Search box. In the search results list, right-click Command Prompt / cmd, and then click Run as Administrator.

    Run command prompt as administrator
  • In command prompt type diskpart and press enter.
  • In this step we will list all mounted disk. Type list disk and press enter.

    Find your USB disk in above list. Here Disk 1 is the USB drive.
  • Now select your USB drive. Here Disk 1 is the USB drive. So, type select disk 1 and press enter.
  • In this step we will clean our USB drive. So, type clean and press enter.
  • Now we will create a primary partition on USB drive. Type create partition primary and press enter.
  • Now we will select this partition. Type select partition 1 and press enter.
  • Now we will activate partition 1. Type active and press enter.
  • Now we have to format our USB drive.
    For NTFS Use following command: format fs=ntfs quick
    For FAT32 use following command: format fs=fat32 quick
    NTFS format type is recommended.
  • Now we will mount the USB drive. Type assign and press enter.
  • Now exit from Diskpart. Type exit and press enter.

Close command prompt. We have now successfully created a bootable USB drive. You can use this drive to install windows 7, or any OS or run a live OS.

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Name: Ravi Shekhar
Nothing much about me. I just love playing with gadgets and windows.

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