How-To: Make a Bootable USB Key

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uludagahmet

Thanks for the article.

By the way, to format quickly you can type:

format fs=fat32 quick

in step #8

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dukeofurl

You should mention that MANY computers can't boot from USB... Also, you'll have to change the boot priority in the bios, but also when you do, the boot priority sometimes won't be called USB but instead something else confusing.

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Meat_Popsicle

So I'm doing this with a 300GB Western Digital "Passport" thing and I have a question. Will this be reversable? Or will it just be a 300GB hard drive with Windows 7 on it forever? 

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Compaqsonly

This is such an awesome a informative post. I have it bookmarked cuz I keep forgetting all the steps.

I would like to add that on my Win7 Pro x64 the diskpart required me to code as follows:

 

  1. LIST DISK
  2. SELECT DISK #
  3. CLEAN
  4. CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY
  5. SELECT PARTITION 1
  6. ACTIVE
  7. FORMAT FS=FAT32
  8. ASSIGN

 

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Compaqsonly

Why is MaxPC allowing all this worthless spam on their comments? Shouldn't we be trying to solve problems and learning other than being spammed? It's hard to find the helpful comments amongst all the worthless ones.

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Domains

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jen147

This is really a nice post, that you have updated us with all of nice information that can be very useful for future aspect

 

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mdkplus

Thanks Rocky7 for the worthless SPAM. why wasn't this filtered out?

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copec

In regards to the U3 flash drives:

If you run the launchpad removal tool it will turn it into a 'normal' usb flash drive.

http://apac.sandisk.com/Retail/Default.aspx?CatID=1415

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1337Goose

The XP version of diskpart doesn't pick up on USB drives? 

~Goose

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nsvander

You will not be able to use this on a computer running WinXP, XP sees USB drives as removable drives, and not hard disks.  Starting with Vista, MS changed how they were seen, and that is why you can use diskpart with Vista and higher but not XP

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nsk chaos

should work on xp cant see why not....havent tried tho

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1337Goose

I'm not sure. If you know a way to make it work on XP I'd love to hear.

I tried it and XP only shows me my two physical hard disks. It shows my USB as a volume, but I can't select it or operate on it. 

~Goose

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killerxx7

I did this to installe win 7 beta way back whene it first came out,all went well but after the drive deid for some reason :/

 

Still its easyer then burning a dvd heh

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mrvander

... I can't fathom why people in these comments are recommending a third party application when a few simple command lines as instructed in this article work wonderfully.

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Pentium 0

Because I've had tons of problems doing it the command line way in Vista.  Administrator problems, random errors...ive never had it work once for me. But maybe I'm just terrible with command line stuff.  The main thing though is that you dont have to memorize all these steps or keep refering to this artical. It does all the work for you.

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nsk chaos

vista just sucks imh =) and copy paste this article into a text file...cant be that hard can it? =)

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Richard Smith

Some USB sticks just won't let you create a bootable file system. Something about the firmware on the stick. I have around 10 sticks and one will not boot. BTW: I use UNetbootin and recomend it!

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sheng zhang

my 2 gb sandisk doesn't show up after the command of listing disk

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nsvander

Sandisk Drives with the U3 file system will not work.  I have used this on both of my kingston drives with out a hitch. My SanDisk...fails everytime.

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Whudunit

How big should the USB key be, in order to do this?

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nsk chaos

big enough to fit the ISO file so a 1 - 2 GB flash(USB) drive should work

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010000100110010...

The command prompt won't let me format the USB.

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Edahsetin

Its easy to look over the last part of the first step.  If you don't right click cmd.exe and run as administrator it won't let you do certain things.

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nsk chaos

this method is not limited to UNIX flavors...so basically u have more options to choose from

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Pentium 0

Was that meant to be in reply to me? UNetbootin runs on both Linux and Windows.

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fnordfnord

Who said I want to make a bootable Linux Live USB drive??

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Pentium 0

Uh I guess you didnt actually look at the page because you would have seen that you can choose from a list of linux isos OR browse to ANY iso on your pc and use that instead.

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fnordfnord

You got me. Although most of what it supports aside Linux distros are actually available as bootable ISOs or USB drive versions already. :S

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nsk chaos

lol i didnt get to that part =)

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Pentium 0

What part of UNetbootin (http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/) don't you understand? Soooo much easier to use.

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1337Goose

UNetbootin is great, but I've never actually gotten it to work. Every time I make a LiveUSB, it's never able to boot correctly, and in the end I always end up with 6 partitions on my USB. 

~Goose

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Pentium 0

haha ouch. works fines for me. I just took a blank flash drive and booted into a os in a couple minutes. Of course you may have to tweak the bios to boot off a flash drive.

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1337Goose

Yeah, UNetbootin boots, the rig is configured to boot from USB, but when it does boot it can never process the ISOs, and the operating system never loads. No matter what OS I use, it gets caught in a different error and dies. 

~Goose

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Pentium 0

Do you mean by "No matter what OS I use," are you refering to the one on the flash drive or the one on the pc? Have you tried a different pc?

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1337Goose

I've tried changing the host OS as well as the client OS, still no luck with UNetbootin. No matter however, I've managed to find other ways to achieve what I'm going for... When I find the time, I might try what's outlined in this article.  

~Goose

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