Create bootable USB flash drive

Pete Batard

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Create bootable USB flash drive
Rufus is a free, open-source software tool for creating bootable operating systems, such as Linux distributions and various versions of Windows, directly from the USB flash drive. According to its creator, Rufus is faster than other similar software.

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DescriptionDownload and burn OS images for Raspberry PiCreate bootable USB flash driveCreate bootable OS on USB drivesTo burn the Windows operating system on a USB flash drive or DVD.Free bootable USB creatorTo convert the Windows operating system into a portable version.Create a multiboot USB flash-drive
The good
  • Many systems are available for download via the program.
  • Supports formatting the external memory card.
  • Burns the system quickly with verification.
  • Free and open-source.
  • Simple and easy to use user interface.
  • Fast compared to other software.
  • Free and open source.
  • Easy to use.
  • Ability to download and burn the ISO automatically.
  • Comprehensive support for operating systems.
    • Free version for personal use.
    • Supports a large number of operating systems and maintenance live CDs.
    • Built-in tool to backup and restore flash contents.
    • Supports multiple languages besides English.
      • Boot multiple operating systems and rescue tools.
      • Friendly user-interface and easy to use.
      The bad
      • Does not display all operating system sizes when browsed.
      • None.
      • During our trials, there were some problems making a bootable Hiren's BootCD USB drive.
        • The program's interface is not arranged and may be somewhat complicated.
          • Installing images could be slow.
          • Does not support some old operating systems like Windows 2000.
          • Does not verify after installation is complete.
          Downzen rating4.
          Users rating04.
          Last update2021-07-122024-01-182018-04-302016-03-042017-11-082022-11-022019-05-29
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