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Booting your machine from USB media does not need to be difficult. In this article you will learn How To Make a Bootable USB Drive. The days of carrying multiple CD/DVDs with you and dealing with lagging installs are drawing to a close with the ubiquitous use of USB drives—and the storage capacity can’t be beat. A general understanding how your system loads can provide the basics needed to understand what is going on when you use boot media whether on windows 10 or any other Operating system. 

Initially the steps involved in creating USB boot media doesn’t need to be difficult either, although there are several options to consider. This process can be applied to Windows Server 2016 Essentials, Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials, Windows Server 2012 Essentials.

Tools To Make a Bootable USB Drive

  • Rufus is a utility that helps format and create bootable USB flash drives, such as USB keys/pendrives, memory sticks, etc. [Download Here]
  • Power ISO which is a disk image utility that can open, burn, create, edit, compress, encrypt, mount and extract ISO files. [Download Here]

Depending on your computer and a tool you think would be convenient and easy for you to use, below is how you can use RUFUS and Power ISO to create a Bootable flash drive.

How to use Rufus to create a bootable USB drive to install 

You need to run your system as an Administrator becauseRufus requires an account with admin access in order to make the necessary changes to hardware. Insert the empty USB flash drive and launch Rufus. It will detect the drive almost immediately.

Click the optical drive button next to the Create a bootable disk using checkbox, then select ISO image to use

How to use Rufus to create a bootable USB drive to install

Rufus will automatically modify the settings to best match it. After all is confirmed to be okay, toggle and click the Start button to begin the process. A warning will be displayed that all current data will be destroyed. Click OK to proceed with the creation process. Figure below 1.3 shows the process

How to use Rufus to create a bootable USB drive to install

Seat back and relax the process may take several minutes to complete. Click the Log button to open a side window and save the output details. Figure below 1.4 shows the process

Figure below 1.3 shows the process

After the process of creating a system files, double-check the external drive to verify the files were copied over. After the the process completed, eject the USB, then insert it into the device you wish to install the OS on, and boot as you normally would.

How To Make a Bootable USB Drive Using PowerIso

  1. Start PowerISO
  2. Insert the USB drive you intend to boot from.
  3. Choose the menu “Tools > Create Bootable USB Drive”. The “Create Bootable USB Drive” dialog will popup. If you are using Windows Vista or above operating system, you need confirm the UAC dialog to continue.
  4. In “Create Bootable USB Drive” dialog, click “…” button to open the iso file of Windows operating system.
  5. Select the correct USB drive from the “Destination USB Drive” list if multiple USB drives are connected to the computer.
  6. Choose the proper writing method. “USB-HDD” is recommended.
  7. Click “Start” button to start creating bootable USB drive.
  8. PowerISO will alert you that all data on USB drive will be destroyed. Click “OK” to continue.
  9. The program will start writing USB drive, and showing the progress information. You should get the message “Writing USB drive completed successfully.” after the operation completes.

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