What software creates a bootable USB drive?

subbu December 10, 2011

Is there any application that can convert normal USB into bootable USB?

  1. Pritam
    August 2, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    So I had a bad day yesterday when my Mac crashed and I didnt have a Mac bootable disk/USB.

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    It took me hours to search and find a full proof solution to "Create Mac Bootable Usb from Windows"

    All referecnes were to create bootable disk from Mac system but none from Windows

    But now you are at right place

    What You need

    Mac Dmg file : Say snowleopard_10a432_userdvd.dmg (For Snow Leopard 10.6)
    Transmac software
    A bigger USB Flash drive (say 8 GB)
    A computer (running in windows)
    Steps to do

    Download Mac Transmac file keep it in hard disk on your Windows
    Download Transmac for Windows (2-week trial) can format USB drives for mac and restore .dmg files to USB drives. Download Transmac and install in Windows
    In the right-side panel of Transmac, right click on your USB Drive >> Format Disk >> Format with Disk Image.
    Point to your .dmg file and click Open.
    This will take some time, For snowleopard_10a432_userdvd.dmg which is 6.2 GB it takes around 20 Mins to make a bootable USB

    Now, Insert the bootable USB in Mac and restart it with Alt (Option) key pressed, You should see The External bootable USB while start up, Select it and then follow steps to install Mac from scratch.

    Note : You might get sectors error, Its better to clean the hard drive while installing the mac again. Clean the Hard drive so you don't get any error...

    Happy Installing. Please provide feedback or ask questions if you have any doubt. Will be Happy to help.

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  2. Sonny Bass
    December 11, 2011 at 7:53 am
    December 11, 2011 at 2:41 am

    Hello, any USB drive/flashdrive is bootable as long as the BIOS allows to boot from USB.  There are several ways and tools you can use to do what you are asking.  Only thing is you have to be clear about what software/application you want for your USB to boot from. 

    Most of these applications can make a USB drive/flashdrive bootable but before you do this, you have to make sure to get the ISO image for these applications to make the application bootable.  For example, for LINUX and linux applications you can use some of the options mentioned above and also the following:


    Also the following link will give you some more options to create bootable Live USB for windows, mac and linux:



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