Today’s lesson is How to create a bootable pendrive. Well that will be a good article for me if I found this technique a year ago. After all those dvd writes and error this is key to install windows or any other os without burning a DVD. Yeah that’s right you didn’t need any type of software or anything else just the pendrive, an .iso file and some commands which you have to write. This trick is important for those guys which do not believes on bootable software for being some virus or other kind of thing but I personally recommend you to do this procedure. It can be used for windows 7 as well for windows 8 and vista.
But if anyone is as lazy as I am then just go here to learn :
How to create a bootable pendrive without any software:
1. Plug in your USB Flash Drive
2. Open a command prompt as administrator (Right click on Start > All Programs > Accessories > Command Prompt and select “Run as administrator”. If you have windows 8 then press “windows key+X” then choose “Command Prompt(Admin)
3. Find the drive number of your USB Drive by typing the following into the Command Prompt window:
- list disk
The number of your USB drive will listed. You’ll need this for the next step. I’ll assume that the USB flash drive is disk 1.
4. Format the drive by typing the next instructions into the same window. Replace the number “1” with the number of your disk below.
- select disk 1
- create partition primary
- select partition 1
- You can type “format fs=NTFS” but in formatting it will take much time because it will not be a quick format. I would suggest that skip this and type the next command.
- “assign” after this command a window will appear in which click on format and then do the quick format.
When that is done you’ll have a formatted USB flash drive ready to be made bootable.
Step 2: Make the Drive Bootable
Next we’ll use the bootsect utility that comes on the Vista or Windows 7 disk to make the flash drive bootable. In the same command window that you were using in Step 1:
1. Insert your Windows Vista / 7 DVD into your drive.
2. Change directory to the DVD’s boot directory where bootsect lives:
3. Use bootsect to set the USB as a bootable NTFS drive prepared for a Vista/7 image. I’m assuming that your USB flash drive has been labeled disk G:\ by the computer:
bootsect /nt60 g:
4. You can now close the command prompt window, we’re done here.
Step 3: Copy the installation DVD to the USB drive
The easiest way is to use Windows explorer to copy all of the files on your DVD on to the formatted flash drive. After you’ve copied all of the files the disk you are ready to go.
That’s all now you know how to create a bootable pendrive.
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