With the increasing development of sophisticated technology, old methods have become outdated. For example, in the early days, we used CDs and DVDs to install operating systems. But today, it all has been replaced by the USB flash drive. Today I am going to talk about a software that does this.
Rufus was developed by Pete Batard of Okeo Consulting. Nowadays, Rufus is very popular among users. You can use Rufus to create a fully functional bootable USB flash drive. To create a USB flash drive, all you need is an image file of your preferred operating system and Rufus will do its job. Today, there are hundreds of softwares for making bootable USB flash drives. When compared to other softwares, the main advantage of Rufus is its performance. Also, Rufus is a very light-weight application.
Now I am going to show you how to create a bootable USB flash drive using Rufus. I am covering the steps very briefly and therefore if you are unsure about something, it’s recommended to do your homework first.
- First, you must download Rufus. You can download Rufus directly from their website or GitHub. After that, install it on your PC.
- Make sure you already have the .ISO file of your preferred operating system. And the USB flash drive to be used must have a capacity of at least 16 GB. The more, the better.
- Now plug it to your PC and run Rufus. Locate the .ISO file using Rufus and after that, in the “Boot Selection”, you will see the name of the .ISO file that is being used.
- Rufus has a super simple interface so it's quite easy to use. When the USB flash drive is not connected to a PC or laptop the text box will be empty. Next, after the USB is inserted automatically the empty text box will contain USB flash disk data. What you need to do next is to change the parameters as desired or specify other parameters.
- The next step is choosing the Partitioning Scheme. This can be done by accessing the dropdown menu. After that, in order to start the process click on the “Start” button. Before the process begins, a warning window will appear and tell you that the USB flash drive will be formatted. Once you click on “OK”, the process will start.
The bootable USB flash drive process will roughly take between 10 minutes to 15 minutes depending on the speed of the USB drive you are using and the size of your .ISO file. When the process is completed, the progress bar will turn green and it will say “Ready”. Once you get this message, you can safely remove the USB drive from your PC.
Some systems do not support booting via USB by default. On such occasions, you may have to change your boot order in BIOS.