Creating bootable USB drive.

Sometimes, if the computer goes down and if there is no CD/DVD drive then this comes handy to boot up your computer.

Here are the steps to create a bootable USB drive:
I. Insert your USB drive into one USB port on your computer

II. Click the “Start” button at the bottom left on your computer screen

III. Type “cmd” in the RUN window to open a command prompt

IV. Type “disk parts” into a command prompt and press Enter. After that type “list disk” and press Enter again.

V. Determine which of the disks that display the list of which is a USB drive. (For example, 4GB USB drive, then the option with 4GB size that you need to see). Record the number that identifies your USB drive it in the paper.

VI. Type the following command into the command prompt to format on a USB drive.

“Select the disk A,” replace “A” with the number you get in step 5 earlier. Press Enter
“Clean.” Press Enter
“Create Partition Memory.” Press “Enter.”
“Select Partition A.” Press “Enter.”
“Format FS = NTFS.” Press “Enter.”
“Assign.” Press “Enter.”
“Exit.” Press “Enter.”

VII. Insert the installation CD of Windows XP or Vista you. Your computer will read the installation CD, and a window will appear on the screen. List of all drives will be displayed there. Look for the letter which is a symbol of the CD-ROM and a USB drive. Take note of these letters in the paper.

VIII. Type the following command into the command prompt:

“B: CD boot,” replace “B” letter which is the symbol of the CD-ROM. Press “Enter.”
“CD boot.” Press “Enter.”
“Bootsect.exe/NT60 C:,” replace “C” with the letter which is a symbol of the USB Drive. Press “Enter.”

IX. Copy the boot information from the installation CD to a USB drive by entering the following command into the command prompt:
“Xcopy c: *.* / s / e / f B: /,” replace “B” letter which is the symbol of the CD-ROM and replace “C” with the letter which is a symbol of the USB drive. Press “Enter.”

Let the computer to copy data from the installation CD to a USB drive.

X. Unplug the USB drive from the USB port, replace the lid, and give the label “bootable” with markers. Save the USB drive it in a safe place. Remove your Windows installation CD and return it to its place.

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