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Anyone know how to make a bootable USB? Answered

I've done it before using cmd... But now I forget :-/ Anyone know how to make a USB thumb drive bootable using either cmd or a free graphical program?

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Lithium Rain

9 years ago

Bootable to what? DOS? Linux? Windows? Depends on what you're trying to boot to. :)

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Labot2001Lithium Rain

Reply 9 years ago

I downloaded a torrent of Windows Vista, I extracted the ISO, and now I want to copy those files to a 4gb thumb drive so I can boot from the USB and install Vista. The ISO was 2.4gb and I don't have a DVD burner :-/

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whatsisfaceLabot2001

Reply 9 years ago

Right, you need a way of mounting the ISO, I use MagigISO, but there's loads that will do it. Once you've mounted the ISO file, then format the flash drive to fat32. Now just copy all of the files from the mounted ISO image to your flash drive and use it.

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NachoMahmawhatsisface

Reply 9 years ago

. You may need to use the /s flag (install system files) when you format. . And I think you will end up with an install disc on the flash drive, not a bootable OS.

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whatsisfaceNachoMahma

Reply 9 years ago

Oh yeah, I forgot about /s. I think he wants an install disc on the drive, from what I gather.

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Labot2001whatsisface

Reply 9 years ago

Yes, you're right, I want an install disc and not a full, bootable OS. I'll give it a try, thanks.

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whatsisfaceLabot2001

Reply 9 years ago

Are you installing from within Windows? If you are, find something like MagicISO to mount the file and then you can run the installer from within windows as an update (I think anyway).

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Labot2001NachoMahma

Reply 9 years ago

Sorry! :P I'll have you know that I tried a number of different Google searches though... none too fruitful :P

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NachoMahmaLabot2001

Reply 9 years ago

. np I figured you were just having problems finding the right terms. I wouldn't be Nacho if I didn't give you a hard time about it. ;) . Did that one work for ya? I didn't follow any of the links.

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whatsisface

9 years ago

Ubuntu 8.10 comes with an easy USB creator.