This article will help you in those situation when you may need to make a bootable Pen Drive so that you can boot your PC or laptop with a USB drive, whether maybe due to a bootable DVD not available or your DVD reader/writer is not working. Whatever be the case, this small guide will make it easy for you to make bootable Pen Drive using Rufus in just a few easy steps.
We already have a tutorial on how to make a bootable USB using WinUSB Maker here: Make USB Bootable: The How to Guide
But Joshcellsoftwares retired WinUSB Maker and thus that post is of no use now. Joshcellsoftware did release a new software in place of WinUSB Maker called Zotac WinUSB Maker. But that tool gives errors on some Pen Drives. So we won’t use that.
We have found another small but powerful tool to make bootable USB and that is Rufus.
You can download Rufus from here: Download Rufus
How to make Bootable Pen Drive (bootable USB Drive)
- First of all download Rufus from the link provided above.
- Now plug in the Pen Drive you want to make bootable and make sure that you do not have any data on the Pen Drive which may be important to you and you would like to keep.
- Now run Rufus. It would show the Pen Drives/ External hard drives connected to the system at that time.
- Choose the Pen Drive you want to make bootable.
- Now click on the Disc Image at the right hand side on Rufus and browse to the ISO file of the operating system you want to use. See Image.
- After selecting the ISO file click on Start at the bottom of Rufus. Check Image. (Note: Leave all the settings on default. Don’t change any of the settings unless you know what are you actually doing)
- It will ask for confirmation if you want to delete all the data on the Pen Drive to make in bootable. Press Yes.
- Now let Rufus maker complete its task. It may take somewhere around 10-15 minutes for the process to complete and depends on the processing power of your PC as well as the size of the ISO or image you want to burn. The interface will look something like the image below once the process is complete.