Create Bootable USB flash Drive Using DISKPART utility
DISKPART is a command line utility that enables you to manage disks. Functionalities of DISKPART are that creation of partition of a disk, setting the partition activate, list of disk you find, clean the partition, select listed disk, format the partition using NTFS (New Technology File System) or FAT (File Allocation Table) with quick option and assign an appropriate letter to your partition.
DISKPART is used to make a bootable USB Drive there is no need to use any premium software to make a USB drive to bootable here there are some simple step to create a bootable disk.
- Launch the DISKART utility by typing the “diskpart” command at the start menu. You will show the below dialog box in the system.
- Find the drive with the appropriate size as the “list disk” command like following.
- Type “Select disk 1” command where “1” is actually the corresponding number of your USB drive.
- Note: - Make sure you select the correct flash drives if you have more than one of the same sizes otherwise the data are lost.
- Type “clean” command to remove all partitions.
- To create a bootable partition type the “create partition primary” command.
- Active the USB flash type the “active” command.
- Note: - Format USB flash drive using NTFS (New Technology File System) or FAT (File Allocation Table) you may use the FAT32 to format the USB flash drive when the size of the USB flash drive is about 3gb otherwise you may select the NTFS. Use the “quick” parameter to format the USB flash drive quickly. You should not need a boot sector on a USB flash drive. Most of the motherboards allowed booting to USB flash drive.
- Type the command “format fs=ntfs quick” to format the USB flash drive.
- You need to assign driver letter to USB flash drive. Type the “assign” command to assign letter.
- You are done with DISKPART utility. Type the command “exit” to exit the utility.
- Copy all the content from windows 7 or windows XP installation DVD onto the USB flash drive (a simple drag and drop to do)
- Note: - I would not recommend you extracting directly from ISO file instead of extract the file and then copy the file into the USB flash drive. Make sure you do not put the files into the sub folder the drive will not boot.