Our blog, the Gear Up Windows 10, discussed a few tools that let you create a bootable USB flash drive. AnyBurn, WinUSB Maker, ISO2Disc, and WinToHDD are big players in this field. Rufus is another utility that helps create a bootable USB drive and Windows To Go USB drive. It is the fastest tool over the internet, making a bootable USB drive and Windows To Go USB drive.
One can create a bootable USB drive using Command Prompt, but it is not recommended for the novice, and also, it is a time-consuming process. Rufus is a freeware software, and also it copies the files in a USB drive too fast. It is also tiny in size (less than 1 MB). Rufus is a small utility for Windows that helps to create bootable USB drives without any issues. The best thing about this tool is that it is faster than any other available tool over the internet. This freeware can write the file twice as fast as the Windows USB/DVD Download Tool.
Rufus can create a bootable USB disk of Windows XP (SP2 or later), Server 2003 R2, Vista, Win 7, Win 8 /8.1, and even Windows 10. Apart from the Windows operating systems, you can also create a bootable USB flash drive of Knoppix, Kubuntu, OpenSUSE, Arch Linux, Hiren’s Boot CD, Parted Magic, NT Password Registry Editor, CentOS, Fedora, and many other Linux distributions.
How to Create Bootable USB Drive using Rufus?
Step 1. To create a bootable USB flash drive, connect the USB flash drive (at least 8GB in size).
Step 2. Download the latest version of Rufus utility from its official website.
Step 3. Run the downloaded file in any version of Windows.
Step 4. If UAC (User Account Control) prompts, click the Yes button to launch it.
Step 5. It will automatically detect the inserted USB drive.
Step 6. Under the Boot selection drop-down, select the “Disk or ISO image (Please select)” option.
Step 7. Click on the SELECT button next to “Disk or ISO image (Please select).”
Step 8. Select the bootable ISO file. It will automatically detect the Windows version from the ISO file and show it on the software itself.
Step 9. Under the Image option, select Standard Windows installation because we will create a bootable USB flash drive of the Windows 10 operating system.
Step 10. The Rufus will automatically detect the partition scheme (MBR or GPT) from BIOS. If it cannot read for your PC, select the MBR partition scheme, which is useful for BIOS or UEFI computers, or select the GPT partition scheme that is only supported for UEFI computers.
Step 11. The next option is the Volume label; if you want to change it to something remember-able, change it or leave it as default.
Step 12. The next option is the file system. Here, you will find NTFS and FAT32 file system. The NTFS file system is better than FAT32 for a faster installation.
Step 13. Once you are ready with the above options, click on the Start button.
Step 14. Once the START button is clicked, it will warn that “all data on the device will be destroyed.”
If you haven’t stored any data on a USB drive, you can continue with the OK button.
Step 15. Now, Rufus software will format your USB drive and start copying the files.
How to Create a “Windows To Go” USB Drive using Rufus?
To create a Windows To Go USB Drive, in Step 9, Under the Image option, select Windows To Go in place of Windows Standard Installation because we will create a Windows To Go USB disk for Windows. The rest of the procedures will be the same, as mentioned above.
Once you have created a bootable USB flash drive, you can test it without installing it on your computer or laptop.
You can download the latest version of the Rufus utility from here.