How can I make my USB drive bootable?

D K Ratrash December 17, 2010

I want to create a bootable USB drive. How can I do that? Please give me right support fast. Thanks!

  1. roobie
    February 28, 2012 at 6:39 am

     i cant loacate where the program is installed in local drive

  2. Aibek
    December 28, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    @ D K Ratrash

    So, did you mange to make the USB drive bootable. How did you do that? Did you try suggestions above? Let us know


  3. Anonymous
    December 19, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    Download theis and install

    Run HP bootable media.exe
    Once you have successfully installed the program, please run it (HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool - in Windows Vista you should click on it with right mouse button and select "Run as Administrator" to avoid any problems). There you have to tick "Quick format" and "Create DOS startup disk", selecting "using DOS files located at" . Click on the three dots button and guide the program to the location on your hard drive, where you have extracted *.zip archive. Select the "DOS files" folder and click "OK". All you have to do now is click on "Start" button

    4.Keep your USB thumb drive plugged in and restart your computer. When it starts booting, start and keep tapping "Del" key on your keyboard until you end up in your motherboard's BIOS. Search for boot options (Usually under "Advanced BIOS Features") and set your USB drive to be the "First Boot Device". In some BIOSes you will firstly have to set a hard disk to be the first boot device and then change your "Hard Disk Boot Priority" so that your USB drive is at the top of the list.

    HP Drive Key Boot Utility


    MakeBootable is an free and simple-to-use utility to make your Pen Drive act as a boot-up disk without erasing any data on the device. It consists of a single executable file and requires no installation, However the utility will only work on USB device's using Phison’s chip solution and FAT file-system only (you can re-format your drives to FAT easily).

    Convert to FAT and use MakeBootable
    1. Backup the existing files on the drive.

    2. Perform a FAT format

    3. Now Run Makebootable.exe to make your USB portable device bootable.

    Limitations of demo version:

    USB disk or image file is bootable only for 30 days since the date of formatting
    Each distinct USB disk can be formatted by FlashBoot demo version no more than 16 times


    To begin with you will need a PC with a CD/DVD ROM drive, the Windows CD/DVD, and a 2GB pen drive if you are creating a Windows XP bootable USB or a 4GB pen drive if the requirement is for creating a bootable Windows Vista/7 USB drive. To start with, download and extract the program – WinToFlash. Once extracted execute the file called “WinToFlash” and follow these simple steps.

    1) Click the ‘Windows Setup transfer wizard’ and select ‘Next’.

    2)Here you will need to define two paths where the ‘Windows File Path’ points to the location of the Windows installation disk and the ‘USB Drive’ specifies the location of pen drive that will be used for creating the bootable installation routine. Click on ‘Select’ and choose an appropriate path for both.

    3)Accept the ‘Windows License Agreement’ and click on continue

    4)Click ‘OK’ to proceed or ‘Cancel’ in case you inserted the wrong pen drive or want to check it.

  4. Mike
    December 18, 2010 at 6:41 am

    What are you going to boot from the USB Hard Drive?
    The necessary steps vary depending on what you are going to put on the drive.

    But first of all you should make sure that the system you'll be using the drive on is capable of booting from USB devices in general.