24/12/2013

[Windows] Create bootable USB drive

To make a USB disk bootable on Windows, you can use the diskpart application. From an administrator command line, run diskpart then type the following commands:

  1. list disk - to find which one is the USB flash drive you want to make bootable
  2. select disk X - where X is the USB drive disk number you found from the previous command
  3. clean - to delete all data from it
  4. create part pri - to create a new primary partition
  5. select part 1 - to select the newly created partition
  6. format fs=Y quick - where Y is either ntfs or fat32 to perform a quick format to the desired filesystem
  7. active - to render said partition active
  8. exit
Now copy whatever you need in the root of the USB stick and you're set.

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