Rufus: Utility to create bootable USB pen drive
Creating a bootable USB pen drive is a good alternative to burning ISO files into CDs or DVDs. Not only can you save money using a USB pen drive but also it is much more convenient. If something goes wrong you won’t have to buy a new CD or DVD and can simply format the pen drive and start again. Linux ISOs often become corrupt while downloading and so you should always check the MD5 hash before burning the files to a CD or pen drive.
Netbooks don’t come with a CD or DVD drive. The only way to install the OS is via USB drive. If you have a netbook, it is a good idea to keep a pen drive of 4 GB or more handy because it can be very useful if you have to reinstall the OS. You can also use a bootable USB drive as a rescue media if the OS crashes. It can also be used for testing Live Linux distros.
There are many different ways to create bootable pen drives. It is possible to create bootable pen drives by copying the files manually and fiddling with the settings. But this is not a good idea because it is tedious and you have to follow the instructions very carefully. A better option is to use a free utility that automates the entire process. There are several free utilities that are worth checking out. Some of the popular ones include UNetbootin, WinUSB Maker, Win2Flash, Sardu, ISO to USB and Rufus.
Rufus a small free utility designed for creating bootable USB flash drives. Despite its small size, it is very powerful and does the job well. It is also very fast when compared to other similar utilities. For example, it is twice as fast as UNetbootin. It also supports all major versions of Windows and Linux distros. It also supports FreeDOS.
Another main advantage of Rufus is that it is portable. All you have to do is download the file and run it. No need for installation. The application is also very simple and straight forward to use. You don’t need any technical knowledge to use the application.
To create a bootable USB pen drive using Rufus, just insert a pen drive and launch the application. If you want to create a Windows Vista or 7 bootable drive, ensure that your drive is at least 4 GB or more. For Ubuntu, 1 GB should be sufficient. Choose the inserted drive in Rufus, select the file type and enter the label. Locate the ISO image of the OS and press the Start button. In just a few minutes, the bootable drive will be ready.
Download link for Rufus: http://rufus.akeo.ie
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