Creating a bootable flashdisk using Rufus

The process of reinstalling the operating system on a PC / laptop a few years ago was still using a CD / DVD. However, now many people have abandoned the use of CD / DVD, because the latest slim-body laptops such as netbooks, ultrabooks, and tablet PCs usually do not include the CD room. Now many people turn to flash drives or flash drives because of its flexibility to reinstall the operating system on a PC / laptop. One of them is to use this Rufus

Do you guys know Rufus? Rufus is a free, open source portable application for Microsoft Windows that can be used to format and create a bootable USB flash drive or Live USB. This application was developed by Pete Batard from Akeo Consulting.

Alright, without lingering, Yiptechid will help you how to make a bootable flash disk using Rufus.

How to Make Bootable Using Rufus

  • Prepare your OS Installer ISO file
  • Download Rufus first, you can download it on the official website – Download Rufus
  • After you finish downloading the Rufus application, please install it as usual, especially for portable ones, just double-click the Rufus file that has been downloaded.
  • Run the Rufus application then enter the flash disk which you will make as bootable. It is recommended to use a flash disk with a capacity of 8 GB or larger.
  • The next step Rufus will automatically detect information from the flash that you are using such as capacity, volume label, and so on.
  • If the flash that you entered is not detected, do not rush to replace it. Please click the show advanced drive properties arrow icon, some additional options will appear below it. Check the ‘List USB Hard Drives’ option
  • Then click the SELECT button, then please enter the folder where the operating system ISO file is stored. In this tutorial I use a Windows 10 ISO file, select the file then click open
  • In this step, you need to set the Boot Selection. However, the application will automatically display the operating system version that you added earlier. For the Partition scheme section, please select MBR and in the Target system section it will be BIOS (or UEFI-CSM).
  • In the Format Options section, please name the Volume Label according to your taste. Then set the File system to NTFS then Show advanced format options then check Quick Format and create extended label and icon files as shown below.
  • Before you click the start button, I recommend that you first backup the data on the flash. If you are now, click the Start button to start the bootable creation process using a flash disk.
  • After that a warning window will appear which will say that all files on our flashdisk will be deleted. If you have done a backup you can immediately click OK to continue.
  • In this step we just have to wait for the bootable creation process which may take 10 to 15 minutes. It depends on the size of the Windows ISO file and the speed of the flash we use. It is recommended to use a flash that supports 3.0.
  • The final step, a green status will appear on the progress bar accompanied by the words Ready. This indicates that the process of creating a bootable flash disk is complete. Please press the close button and the flash is ready to use, don’t forget to safely eject the flash.

After the bootable flash drive creation process is complete, you can use it to reinstall Windows. Restart your PC / laptop then enter the BIOS settings menu to set the BIOS booting on your PC / laptop to first boot into the flash disk.

This is how to use the Rufus application to make a bootable flashdisk. You can also apply the same method for Linux and Mac OS operating systems. Good luck!

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