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How to make USB flash drive bootable

A day may come when optical drives(CD or DVD) will be hard to find as 5.25 floppy drives are today.So we need to learn ,how to make usb flash drives bootble for windows installation.With this you don't have to worry about scratches on the disc or misplacing your original media discs once you transfer their contents to the flash drive. The optical drive is quickly becoming a thing of the past.

On basis of purpose or sources available the various methods are discussed below.

Make Bootable Usb for Windows Installation:
  1. Download Koala a free tool click here.
  2. Insert you USB flash drive and Windows installation disk to your system.
  3. Open Koala and do scan for source and destination peraphirals.
  4. Select flash drive as destination and DVD as your source and press Start button.
Koala 1.0


Make Bootable Usb for .iso file:

If you are having .iso image of the Windows installation disk or .iso files of other popular versions of linux i.e Ubuntu,Mint,Fedora etc. then to directly make bootable usb out of that you need another simple free and light tool to do that easily.To download it click here

The process of this tool can be explained in just 4 easy steps!
  1. Check USB drive
  2. Format USB drive
  3. Choose DVD or ISO image
  4. Start the process


Make any Usb or portable drive a bootable disk:

  1. Download two files ‘Command File’ and ‘HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool’.
  2. Make a folder with name ‘BOOT’ and extract the file ‘Command’ in BOOT folder.
  3. Now install the other utility (HP USB Disk Storage Format).
  4. Open installed utility (HP USB Disk Storage Format) and in ‘Device’ filed select device that you want to make bootable (USB drive etc) Also check the option ‘Create A DOS Startup Disk’.
  5. Now press the browse button to locate the BOOT folder and hit the Start button.

To use this bootable drive on any computer always go to Bios Setting and set USB drive as ‘First Boot Device’.

Hope you will find the best method for yourself.Tell others also by dropping comments below.


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