How to Create a Bootable USB Flash Drive

You will need a bootable USB if you want to perform software installations by using the USB Drive. Earlier, people used CD Drive for the installation of operating system and other software. However, now the use of CD Drive has been minimal, and many laptops are even shipped without a CD/DVD Drive. The following steps will make it easier for you to create a USB drive.

  • In the Start Menu, type cmd, and select cmd.exe to enter the Command Prompt
  • Connect the USB device to the computer
  • Type diskpart and press Enter
  • Type list disk to display a list of all the available storage devices on your computer, and press Enter
  • Select the disk that is your USB Drive (usually disk 1) by typing select disk 1 and pressing Enter.
  • Type clean to format the USB Drive and press Enter.
  • Type create partition primary and press Enter. This will make the disk primary and ready to be made bootable.
  • To choose the partition created as primary, type select partition 1 and press Enter.
  • Type format fs=ntfs quick to format the partition and press Enter
  • Type active and press Enter. This will mark the primary bootable partition as Active.
  • Type exit to exit DISKPART and press Enter.

Now, this USB Drive can be used to install the desired Operating System on any computer. Just copy installation files to your USB drive.

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