How to make a bootable external USB-HDD disk (without full formatting and data loss)


Question from the user


I have an external USB hard drive for 1500 GB, is filled out somewhere half. Is it possible to make it bootable by installing Windows 10 without formatting and without deleting the data from it?


If everything is neatly accomplished - then yes, the data on it will not disappear and you can install the OS from it.

Below in the article I will show how this can be done on the example of one of your disk (used for storing various software). Please note that if you make some actions otherwise than shown in my example - you can lose your data on the HDD ...


Creating a bootable external disk

Step 1: Connecting ...

And so, turn on the laptop (PC) and plug your external HDD to the USB port (preferably to USB 3.0 - then all operations will be much faster). Also, I can not recommend Disable all other disks and flash drives from USB ports of the computer (This will help to avoid various errors when recording ...) .

External HDD connected to USB

External HDD connected to USB

Step 2: Creating a new section under Windows

Next, we need to run Disc management  (click Win + R. and enter the command diskmgmt.msc. open in the string, see screen below) . It is embedded in all the latest Windows XP, 7, 8, 10.

How to open drives management - diskmgmt.msc

How to open drives management - diskmgmt.msc

In disk management, you must see all connected drives to the computer. We need to find an external disk that we have connected to the USB port.

Next, select one of the partitions on this external HDD. (approx. : In most cases, on the external disk one section - and choose nothing ...) , Press it right mouse button and select a function. say (Essence: We are from this section "take" a bit of place and create a new section under Windows, where and write the boot data).

Squeeze volume (on the external disk)

Squeeze volume (on the external disk)

After in the settings, specify the size of the new section (I recommend choosing a number in 20-30 GB).

30,000 MB for a new disk

30,000 MB for a new disk

Then you will see that a new non-plated black area appeared on the disk (on which there is nothing yet). Click on it right mouse and Create a simple volume .

Create a simple volume

Create a simple volume

Next, specify the FAT 32 file system, set the volume tag (maybe any) and format the section (Important! Only this new created section created is formatted, and not a whole disk. Therefore, all the data on other sections of this disk will be integer) .

FAT 32.

FAT 32.

Step 3: We make this section active

Now we need to not forget about one very important thing - make our new section Active . Active sections are used to place the OS bootloader (if this is not done - it is almost certainly you will not be able to boot from it).

By the way, only one partition on one physical hard disk can be active. If you have several hard drives - each of them can contain only one active section.

And so, the easiest option is to do this - in drive control just click the right mouse button on the desired section and select the function "Make a section Active" . But, unfortunately, often this feature is glowing gray and not available ...

Make a section active

Make a section active

Alternative option

First, you need to run the command prompt on behalf of the administrator. To do this - just open the task manager (CTRL + SHIFT + ESC), create a new task through the File menu, and use the command Cmd. (Example below).

Command Row with Administrator Rights

Command Row with Administrator Rights

Next, you need to sequentially enter the following commands (after each press ENTER):

  1. diskpart. ;
  2. LIST DISK. (see a list of connected physical disks);
  3. SELECT DISK 3. (instead of 3, specify your disk number on which a new section created);
  4. List Partition (View all sections on the selected disk);
  5. SELECT PARTITION 3. (Instead of 3, specify your section number (one that has created a step earlier)).
Selecting section

Selecting section

Now that we have chosen the disk and section - just use the command Active. (If everything has passed successfully - a message appears that this section has been labeled as active).



By the way, if you go to "My Computer" - you will see a pure new disk (example below).

New disc partition

New disc partition

Step 4: Write on Windows 10 section

To start the work, we need an ISO image from Windows 10. If you do not have it - you can create according to the following instructions:

Now about how to record the bootable carrier correctly.

Option 1

Just copy all files from the ISO image to our new section. You can do this with the usual archiver, the same 7Z (the best archivers:

The way although it is convenient, but personally, I still resort to the special. utilities (about it in version 2).

Option 2.

Use the program WinsetupFromusb. (More details about it: Note that you need a version not lower than 1.9 (I will show your example just in it).

You need to run this utility on behalf of Administrator (To do this, simply click on the executable file with the right mouse button and select it, see Example below).

WinSetupFromusB - Run on the administrator

WinSetupFromusB - Run on the administrator

Next, I will give actions in order:

  1. First you need to click on the opening of the advanced options window (see Arrow-1, Advanced Options);
  2. Enable Display Display connected to USB (see Arrow-2);
  3. Choose a section that we are special. prepared in previous steps (focus on size);
  4. Specify the image of the ISO file with Windows 10;
  5. Start recording.
Setting up utility

Setting up utility

Please note that the program should warn you that you have chosen an external disk and it is too big. Just agree.

(Important! There should be no warnings about disk formatting! Just look the message that there are no words formate or erase, delete ...).

the confirmation

the confirmation

After ~ 10 min., If everything has passed well, you will see a message that the job is made (Job Done). So the disc is ready!



Step 5: Work Check

In general, if you all made exactly step by step, as shown above, then when loading a laptop (PC) you need only to enter Boot Menu. (boot menu), select an external HDD disk and start installing Windows 10 (see Example below).

To help!

How to enter the BIOS and boot menu - you can find out here:

Check and download from external HDD

Check and download from external HDD

If your disk is not displayed in the boot menu - first of all, it is necessary to go to the BIOS settings and check whether the possibility of booting from USB devices is enabled (the USB BOOT parameter must be in the Enabled value, see the example below). As a rule, this setting can be found in the Boot or System Configuration sections.

If the disc is not visible - check whether the download from USB is enabled in BIOS

If the disc is not visible - check whether the download from USB is enabled in BIOS

Note : Instructions are relevant for relatively new computers (laptops) support UEFI.


That's all, all, supplements on the topic would be by the way ...

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Windows boot disk on a DVD or flash drive is needed to install, restore the system, program startup ( Changes in disk partitions, backup ), computer diagnostics ( Memory Checking, Hard Disk Check ).

Let's figure it out how to create such a disk. Everything is simple ...

To create, we will need:

  • Program to record disk;
  • Windows image in ISO format ( how to download and save the image can be read in this article );
  • "Clean" DVD or "Flashka"

Minimum Flash Drive Size 8GB ;

And what about the Media Creation Tool you ask, because this program you can record the installation disk on the DVD and the "flash drive"? Yes, everything is correct, but this program will download the ISO image of Windows each time it is started, and we will record the previously saved image.

Windows USB / DVD Download Tool

In my opinion, the easiest way to record disk using the Microsoft program, which is called Windows USB / DVD Download Tool, although it was designed for Windows 7, but to cope well with Windows 10. You can download the program on this site ( Download zip file (2602Kb) ) or on the official website of Microsoft ( Go to the site ).

Download the program.

Site Microsoft Installation
Select Installation point
Microsoft website
Click the link to download

Run Windows7-USB-DVD-download-toool-Installer-en-US.EXE and install the program.

Installing Windows Tool Download
Program installation

Run the program and select the previously saved Windows.iso. and press the button "Next" .

Run Microsoft Tools Program
Click Browse to select an ISO image
Run Microsoft Tools Program
Select ISO Image
Run Microsoft Tools Program
After selecting ISO, click Next

Before us a selection window "START OVER" - We return to the selection of the image, "USB Device" - recording on the flash drive, "DVD" - Record on a DVD disk. Let's try to burn the installation disk on the DVD.

Microsoft Tools Record on DVD
Select the DVD button

Install the "Clean" DVD disc into the drive, press the button "Begin Burning" For recording.

Microsoft Tools Record on DVD
Press the button "Begin Burning

Microsoft Tools Record on DVD
Record image on DVD
Microsoft Tools Record on DVD
Record to the disk completed

Record is complete, you can use a disk to install Windows.

To write the installation disk to the flash drive, back to the program window with the choice between USB and DVD.

Microsoft Tools Entry for USB
Press the USB Device button

If the flash devices in the computer are several, select the device for recording the disk and press the button "Begin Copying" .

Microsoft Tools Entry for USB
Select device for recording

Next there will be two windows with warnings, that all data on the selected media will be destroyed if we agree with the removal of data, the program formats the device and start recording the disk.

Microsoft Tools Entry for USB
Data Delete Warning
Microsoft Tools Entry for USB
Another destruction warning
Microsoft Tools Entry for USB
Record on device

Record is completed, the device is ready to use.

Microsoft Tools Entry for USB
Record completed
Microsoft Tools Disk Files
Windows installation disk

Windows DVD disk using the CDBurnerXP program

In principle, you can use any program for writing laser disks with ISO formats to write to the Windows DVD.

I took a program for writing Cdburnerxp .

You can download it on the official website of the program ( Site CdBurnerXP. ).

Download and install the program, there should be no difficulties.

Run CdBurnerXP, select the menu item "Write an ISO image" and confirm the button "OK" .

CdBurnerXp Startup
CdBurnerXp Startup

In the next window using the button "Browse ..." Select the saved Windows.iso, in the recorder point, select the DVD device to which we write the disk and press the button "Write a disk" .

CdBurnerXp Selection iso.
Set up recording
CdBurnerXp Selection iso.
Select ISO Image

The process of writing to disk will begin.

CDBURNERXP recording process
Recording process
CDBURNERXP Completion of the recording
Completion of recording

The disc is recorded, now we have a Windows boot disk.

CDBURNERXP Windows drive
Windows boot disk

Windows Flash Drive with Windows Staffers

For this method, several conditions are important:

  • motherboard (on the computer where Windows will be installed) UEFI (support for EFI-load);
  • Important! USB flash drive formatted in FAT32;
  • Image of Windows.

Mount the Windows 10 image in the system:

  • By default, Windows ISO files open with the Windows Explorer, which leads to the mounting of the disk.
  • If the default is a friend of the program, in the Windows Explorer on the Windows file.iso, press the right "mouse" button, select the item in the opened menu "To open with" , in the submenu "Explorer".

Mounting disk in windows
Mounting disk in windows

After mounting, the disk system is defined as the ESD-ISO DVD drive. Open this disk, allocate all folders and files ( Ctrl + A. ), Copy, open the USB device, insert. Simply put, copy all the folders and files from the mounted disk to the "USB flash drive".

Smoking Windows files
Smoking Windows files

The disc is ready to use.

Windows flash drive using RUFUS program

Another small, but no less useful, program to record the Windows installation disk. Rufus. - Utility that formats and creates bootable flash-accumulated USB. You can download the program on the official website ( download ).

RUFUS Program for creating an installation disk

one - "Device" - Choose a flash drive to record a disk.

2 - "Section diagram and system interface type" :

  • «MBR for computers with BIOS or UEFI "- for computers with a regular BIOS or to install Windows 10 on a UEFI computer to the MBR disk;
  • «MBR for computers with UEFI "- for computers with UEFI to the MBR disk;
  • "GPT for computers with UEFI" - For computers with UEFI to the GPT disk.

3 - choose - "ISO image" .

4 - Press the button with the "icon" of the CD drive for to indicate the path and file C image of Windows 10.

5 Use the button "Start" And wait for the end of the recording process.

The loading "flash drive" is ready.

As you can see to write Windows boot disk simply. Of course, there are much more programs for writing, if for some reason none of the proposed options approached, you can try to use another. Offer your way in the comments, I will add this article to your option.

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Boot disk and flash drive

How to create a boot disk or flash drive to install Windows 7, 8.1, 10, how to make an image and write it to the disk, the simplest and reliable ways.

To install Windows, you need a boot disk or loading flash drive. In this article, I will talk about the easiest and most reliable ways to create loading media that work with any versions of Windows (XP, 7, 8, 10).

1. Recommendations

If you reinstall Windows on the old computer, then I recommend backing up files and parameters. Prepare everything you need to install Windows.

If you purchased Windows on a DVD disk and your computer or laptop has a DVD-drive, then this article is not needed, go to the next article "Configuring BIOS".

2. Selecting the bootable media

If you have a Windows installation disk, but your computer or laptop does not have a DVD drive, then you need a computer with a DVD drive to create a loading flash drive from the mounting disk. Go to the "Creating a Disk Image" section. SanDisk Cruzer

If you got Windows as a file image, you need to create a boot disk or flash drive. If your computer or laptop has a DVD drive, it is easier and more reliable to use a DVD. Prepare 2-3 Pure DVD-R 16X discs and go to the "Creating a boot disk" section.

If your computer or laptop has no DVD drive or lazy to go to the store behind the disks smile., Take a flash drive from 4 GB and proceed to the "Creating a loading flash drive" section.

3. Creating a disk image

We use the Daemon Tools program to create a file image from the Windows installation disk, which will be needed to create a loading flash drive. You can download it at the end of the article in the "Links" section.

3.1. Installing Daemon Tools.

Install the program is quite simple. Run the installation file and press "Next" several times.

3.2. Creating an image in Daemon Tools

Insert the Windows installation disk into the DVD drive and close the autorun window if it appears. Find the Daemon Tools Lite label on the desktop or in the Start menu and run the program. Click on the disk icon with the "Create Disk Image".

Creating a disk image (step 1)

Check that the drive is selected that you inserted the Windows installation disk. The drive letter in Windows Explorer and the program window must match.

Creating a disk image (step 2)

Remove the checkbox from the "Add to Image Catalog" and click on the button with three points "..." to select a folder to save the image file. Note that it can take up to 3.5 GB.

Creating a disk image (step 3)

I recommend to save the file image on a separate disc section (for example, "D"). In the column "File Name", enter, for example, "windows_7" so that you can then understand what is the file. In the title I recommend not to use Russian letters and spaces. In the column "File type", be sure to select "Standard ISO images (* .iso)" and click "Save".

Creating a disk image (step 4)

Check that everything is indicated correctly and click "Start".

Creating a disk image (step 5)

The process of creating an image takes only 3-5 minutes. At the end, the message "Creating an image is completed" should appear. Click the Close button and complete the main program by clicking on the cross.

Creating a disk image (step 6)

If a message appears with an error or the process hoveings on the spot, it means that either the installation disk or the DVD drive is damaged. Try to wipe the disk with a dry soft cloth and repeat everything again or use another computer.

4. Creating a boot disk

The Astroburn program needs us to record a file image to a DVD. You can download it below in the "Links" section. If you plan to use a USB flash drive to install, then skip this section.

4.1. Installing Astroburn.

Install the program is quite simple. Run the installation file and press "Next" several times.

4.2. Drive Recording in Astroburn

Insert the clean drive in the DVD drive and close the autorun window if it appears. Find the "Astroburn Lite" label on the desktop or in the Start menu and run the program. Switch to the "Image" tab and click on the right icon from the "path path path" field.

Record disk image (step 1)

Find where you have a Windows file on your disk, select it with the left mouse button and click Open. For example, I have all disk images are on the "D" disk in the "ISO" folder.

Record disk image (step 2)

Check again that you have chosen the correct file and the checkbox "Check" is installed near the name DVD drive. This will make sure that the disc is recorded without errors and the Windows installation process will not surveal unexpectedly. We also recommend setting the recording speed of 8.0x, it is optimal for DVD-R 16x discs. Click "Start Record".

Recording disk image (step 3)

The process of recording the disk along with the check takes up to 10 minutes. When the recording is completed, close the program. If a message appeared with an error or the process hangs on the spot, it means that you caught a bad drive, or a DVD drive is worn out.

Recording a disk image (step 4)

Try to record again on a new disc, if you do not work out, use another computer.

5. Creating a boot flash drive

5.1. Methods for creating boot flash drives

There are many ways and programs for creating bootable flash drives, from manual prescription commands at the command prompt, before using Linux loaders. Lack of command line is the complexity for beginners and the likelihood of errors. The lack of Linux loaders is that such flash drives are not loaded on all computers.

There is still an official program from Microsoft to create bootable flash drives "Windows USB / DVD Download Tool". It is very easy to use and flash drives, written with it uploaded on most computers. But this program has a number of restrictions. For example, to use it in Windows XP, you must additionally install a few more bulky add-ons (.NET Framework 2.0 and Image Mastering API V2), and in order to create a bootable flash drive to install Windows 7 x64 in Windows 7 x32 to create a folder with the program Additional file or messing with a command line. There are other problems in the program.

Therefore, I decided to give you only one, but a simple and reliable way to create loading flash drives, which is suitable for any operating systems and computers using the "RUFUS" program.

5.2. Using the rufus program

The program "RUFUS" is designed to create bootable flash drives to install various operating systems, including Windows XP, 7, 8, 8.1, 10. It does not require installation and can be started in any of the Windows XP operating systems before Windows 10, regardless of the discharge .

You can download this program in the "Links" section. Further you will need any computer from the installed Windows and flash drive from 4 GB. TRANSCEND JETFLASH 790 8GB

Insert the USB flash drive and if there are valuable files on it, then copy them to the hard disk. Immediately after creating a boot flash drive or when you already finish the installation of Windows, you can return it back.

Clean and format the USB flash drive is optional, just run the RUFUS program and check that the flash drive is selected in the "Device" field.

Select flash drive

Next, the first thing is chosen by the Windows file, since after its choice, previous settings can be found. Select "ISO-image" and press the button next to this field, as shown in the screenshot below.

Click to select an image

Find where you have a Windows file on your disk, select it with the left mouse button and click Open. For example, I have previously created image is on the "D" disk.

Choosing a disk image

Now you need to select the type of boot partition (MBR or GPT) and the firmware of the computer's motherboard (BIOS or UEFI) to which Windows will be installed. It's not so difficult as it sounds smile.

Scheme section and type of system interface

MBR is a simpler and reliable type of boot section, but does not support hard drives more than 2 TB. If you do not have a volume of 3 TB and more, then I recommend using this type of section to avoid some possible problems in the future.

GPT - a more advanced type of boot partition that supports the discs of a very large volume. If you have a hard disk with a volume of 3 TB and more, then use this type of section otherwise the computer will only see about 2.3 TB. In other cases, I do not recommend the GPT markup, as there are various problems with it.

The motherboard firmware may be BIOS or UEFI. This can be found in the manual or on the website of the manufacturer of the motherboard or laptop, as well as visually when entering the SETUP boot program. To do this, click the "Delete", "F2", "F10" or "ESC" button immediately after turning on the computer. What exactly click the button can be read in messages that appear immediately after the computer is turned on.

In text form.

Input key in SETUP (text)


Input key in Setup (graphics)

If you do not have time to read, press the "PAUSE" button to pause the download. You can continue the download by pressing any key, including the one that is designed to enter the setup.

If the type of SETUP program as in the picture below, then this is a classic BIOS.

BIOS Setup.

If as in the next picture, then this is a UEFI.


So, if you have a classic BIOS, then select "MBR for computers with Bios or UEFI" in the section "section of the section and the type of system interface". This most universal version and flash drive can be used to install on different computers, both with BIOS and UEFI.

Scheme section and type of system interface

If you accurately determine that you have a UEFI and the size of the disk does not exceed 2 TB, then select "MBR for computers with UEFI interface". If you have a UEFI and a 3 TB drive and more, select "GPT for computers with UEFI interface".

Next you need to select "File System". If you have chosen "MBR for computers with BIOS or UEFI" in the previous step, then select NTFS. If the second or third point with UEFI, then select FAT32, since UEFI does not work with NTFS.

File system

The cluster size is left by default, and in the Tom Tag field, you can write, for example, "Windows7 x32" (or x64) so ​​that you can then determine that on this flash drive.

Cluster size and volume label

Check all the settings and correctly selecting the image. The selected disk image is displayed at the bottom of the program. Instead of the name of the flash drive can be written "CD_ROM", until the letter of the disk must match the flash drive.

Check parameters

Click on the Start button and confirm the destruction of your flash drive along with the computer. smile.

Confirmation of data destruction

Expect the end of the entry, it may take from 3 to 20 minutes depending on the volume of the image and the speed of the flash drive and should complete the full filling of the green strip and the inscription "ready" at the bottom of the program.

Creating a boot flash drive completed

After that, you can add any files to the boot flash drive and use as a conventional flash drive. If it is good, it will not affect her work as an installation disk. But perform a safe flash drive removing using the icon in the system tray.

5.3. Possible problems and solutions

Problems may occur due to a bad flash drive, a poor USB extension, spoiled or unpainted from the Internet file or the computer itself, which is recorded.

Possible solutions:

  • Formatting and checking flash drives on bad blocks (in the RUFUS program there is a check mark)
  • Inserting flash drives in the rear USB connector
  • Checking the Windows Image checksum (for example, Hash Calculator program)
  • Recording flash drives on another computer
  • replacement flash drive to another

As for checking the checksum of the image, then usually on the site where you download the image is its checksum (or hash). The checksum also need to be calculated for the downloaded file using a special Hash Calculator program, which you can download below in the "Links" section. If the calculated checksum coincides with the one specified on the site, the file downloaded without damage. If the hashies do not match, the file is damaged and it must be downloaded again. Otherwise, errors are possible in the process of recording disk or installing Windows.

6. Links

On the links below you can download all the necessary files.

On this, everything in the next article we will talk about configuring the BIOS to boot from the installation disk or flash drive.

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How to create a bootable flash drive

To create a bootable flash drive, you can use Microsoft's branded software, the most installed operating system or other programs. All the methods described below suggest that you already have a downloaded ISO image of the operating system, which you will record on the USB flash drive. So, if you have not downloaded the OS, do it. Also, you must have a suitable removable medium. Its volume should be sufficient to fit the image downloaded by you. At the same time, some files can still be stored on the drive, it is optional to delete them. All the same in the recording process, all the information will be irrevocably erased.

Video instruction

Method 1: Ultraiso

On our site there is a detailed overview of this program, so we will not paint how to use it. There is also a link in which you can download it. To create a bootable USB flash drive using ultra ISO, do the following:

  1. Open the program. Click on site "File" In the upper right corner of its windows. In the drop-down list choose "Open…" . The following file selection window will continue. Choose your image there. After that, it will appear in the Ultraiso window (left from above).
  2. Opening a file in Ultra Iso

  3. Now click on the item "Self-loading" from above and in the drop-down menu choose "Write an image of a hard disk ..." . This action will result in the record menu of the selected image to remove the removable media.
  4. Buttons recording images to the disk in ultra iso

  5. Near the inscription "DISK DRIVE:" Choose your flash drive. It will also be useful to choose the recording method. It is done near the inscription with the corresponding name. It is best to choose not the fastest, and not the slowest from available there. The fact is that the most high-speed method of recording can lead to loss of some data. And in the case of the images of operating systems, absolutely all information is important. At the end, click on the button "Write" At the bottom of the open window.
  6. Window recording images in Ultra Iso

  7. A warning will be displayed that all information from the selected media will be deleted. Click "Yes" , to continue.
  8. Warning that all information will be worn in Ultra Iso

  9. After that, it will only be waited until the image recording is completed. It is convenient that this process can be observed with the help of progress. When everything is over, you can safely use the created loading flash drive.

If some problems arise in the recording, errors appear, most likely the problem in the damaged image. But if you downloaded the program from the official site, there should be no difficulties.

Method 2: RUFUS

Another very convenient prog that allows you to very quickly create a bootable media. To use it, follow these actions:

  1. Download the program and install it on your computer. Insert the flash drive to which the image will be recorded in the future, and run Rufus.
  2. In field "Device" Choose your drive, which will be bootable in the future. In block "Formatting parameters" Put a tick near the item "Create a boot disk" . Next to it, you must select the type of operating system, which will be recorded on the USB carrier. And the right is the right button with the disk icon and disk. Click on it. The same standard image selection window appears. Specify it.
  3. Further simply click "Start" At the bottom of the program window. Create creation. To see how it is moving, click on the button. "Magazine" .
  4. Using Rufus to create a boot flash drive

  5. Wait until the recording process is completed and use the created loading flash drive.

It is worth saying that in Rufus there are other settings and recording parameters, but they can be left as they are originally. If you wish, you can put a tick at the point "Check for bad blocks" And specify the number of passes. Due to this, after recording, the installation flash drive will be checked for damaged parts. If such will be detected, the system will automatically fix them.

If you understand what MBR and GPT are, you can also specify this feature of the future image under the inscription. "Section diagram and system interface type" . But all this is completely optional.

Method 3: Windows USB / DVD Download Tool

After the release of Windows 7, Microsoft developers decided to create a special tool that allows you to make a loading flash drive with the image of this operating system. Thus was created a program called Windows USB / DVD Download Tool. Over time, management decided that this utility could well provide recording and other OS. To date, this utility allows you to record Windows 7, Vista and XP. Therefore, those who want to make a carrier with Linux or another system, except Windows, this means will not suit.

To use them, follow these actions:

  1. Download the program and run it.
  2. Click on the button Browse To select the previously downloaded image of the operating system. A newly familiar selection window will open, where it will be easy to specify where the desired file is located. When finished, click on "Next" In the lower right corner of the open window.
  3. Selection of media for writing in Windows USBDVD Download Tool

  4. Next click on the button "USB Device" To record OS on removable media. Button "DVD" , accordingly, responsible for discs.
  5. Selecting a recording method in Windows USBDVD Download Tool

  6. In the next window, select your drive. If the program does not display it, press the Update button (as an icon with arrows forming the ring). When the flash drive is already specified, click on the button. "Begin Copying" .
  7. Selection of media in Windows USBDVD Download Tool

  8. After that, burning will begin, that is, entry on the selected medium. Wait for the end of this process and you can use the created USB drive to install the new operating system.

Method 4: Windows Installation Media Creation Tool

Also, Microsoft specialists have created a special tool that allows you to install on a computer or create a bootable flash drive from Windows 7, 8 and 10. Windows Installation Media Creation Tool is most convenient for those who decided to write the image of one of these systems. To take advantage of the program, do the following:

  1. Download the tool for the desired operating system:
    • Windows 7 (in this case, you have to enter the product key - your own or the OS that you have already bought;
    • Windows 8.1 (here you do not need to enter anything, on the download page there is a single button);
    • Windows 10 (the same as in 8.1 - do not need to enter anything).

    Run it.

  2. Suppose we decided to create a bootable medium with version 8.1. In this case, it is necessary to specify the language, release and architecture. As for the latter, choose the one that is already installed on your computer. Press the button "Further" In the lower right corner of the open window.
  3. Select OS download options in Windows Installation Media Creation Tool

  4. Follow the mark in front of the item "USB Flash Memory Device" . If you wish, you can also choose the option "ISO file" . Interestingly, in some cases the program can refuse to immediately write the image to the drive. Therefore, you have to first create an ISO, and only then transfer it to the USB flash drive.
  5. Selecting the type of entry in Windows Installation Media Creation Tool

  6. In the next window, choose a carrier. If you inserted only one drive into a USB port, you don't need to choose, just click "Further" .
  7. Selection of media in Windows Installation Media Creation Tool

  8. After that, a warning will appear that all data from the flash drive used will be erased. Click "OK" In this window to start the creation process.
  9. Actually, the entry will start. You can only wait until it end.

Lesson: How to create a bootable USB flash drive 8

In the same means, but for Windows 10 this process will look somewhat different. First check the inscription "Create an installation media for another computer" . Click "Further" .Select option in Windows 10 Installation Media Creation ToolAnd then everything is fine in the same way as in Windows Installation Media Creation Tool for version 8.1. As for the seventh version, there does not differ from that shown above for 8.1.

Method 5: UnetBootin

This tool is intended for those who need to create a Linux loading flash drive from under Windows. To use them, do this:

  1. Download the program and run it. Installation in this case is not required.
  2. Next, specify your medium to which the image will be recorded. To do this, near the inscription "Type:" Choose option "USB DRIVE" , and near "Drive:" Select the letter inserted flash drive. You can find it in the window "My computer" (or "This computer" , simply "A computer" Depending on the version of the OS).
  3. Put the mark near the inscription "Diskimage" And choose "ISO" To the right of it. Then click on the button in the form of three points, which is on the right side, after the empty field, from the above inscriptions. The desired image selection window opens.
  4. Using UnetBootin.

  5. When all the parameters are specified, click on the button. "OK" In the lower right corner of the open window. The creation process begins. It will only wait until it is over.

Method 6: Universal USB Installer

Universal USB Installer allows you to record Windows, Linux and other OS drives. But it is best to apply this tool for Ubuntu and other similar operating systems. To take advantage of this program, do the following:

  1. Download it and run.
  2. Under the inscription "Step 1: Select a Linux Distribution ..." Select the type of system that you will install.
  3. Press the button Browse Under the inscription "STEP 2: SELECT YOUR ..." . A selection window will open, where you will have to specify where the image is located for recording.
  4. Choose the letter of your carrier under the inscription "Step 3: Select Your USB Flash ..." .
  5. Check the inscription "We Will Format ..." . This will mean that the USB flash drive before recording onto it will be completely formatted.
  6. Press the button "CREATE" to start.
  7. Using Universal USB Installer

  8. Wait until the recording is completed. Usually it takes quite a bit of time.

See also: How to remove protection from writing from a flash drive

Method 7: Windows Command String

Among other things, it is possible to make a bootable media using a standard command line, and specifically with its diskpart snap. This method involves the following actions:

  1. Open the command prompt on the administrator. To do this, open the menu "Start" Open "All programs" , then "Standard" . At paragraph "Command line" Right-click. In the drop-down menu choose the item "Run on the name of the administrator" . This is relevant for Windows 7. In versions 8.1 and 10, use the search. Then, on the found program, you can also touch the right mouse button and select the above item.
  2. Run a command line on behalf of the administrator

  3. Then in the window that opens, enter the command diskpart. Thereby running the needed tool. Each command is entered by pressing a button. "ENTER" on keyboard.
  4. Further write LIST DISK. As a result, a list of available media will be shown. In the list, select the one that will need to record the image of the operating system. You can find it in size. Remember its number.
  5. Enter SELECT DISK [Drive number] . In our example, this is a 6 Disc, so we introduce SELECT DISK 6. .
  6. After that write Clean. To completely erase the selected USB flash drive.
  7. Now specify the command CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY. which will create a new section on it.
  8. Format your drive command Format FS = FAT32 Quick (Quick. means fast formatting).
  9. Make a section active with Active. . This means that it will be available for download on the computer.
  10. Submit a unique name section (this happens in automatic mode) by a command Assign. .
  11. Now see what name was assigned - List Volume . In our example, the carrier got a name М. This can also be found in the size of Tom.
  12. Exit from here using the team EXIT .
  13. Creating a bootable flash drive on the command prompt

  14. Actually, the loading flash drive is created, but now it needs to reset the image of the operating system. To do this, open the downloaded ISO file using, for example, Daemon Tools. How to do this, read in the lesson on mounting images in this program.
  15. Lesson: How to mount the image in Daemon Tools

  16. Then open the mounted disk in "My Computer" So, to see the files that are inside it. These files need to be simply copied to the USB flash drive.

Ready! The loading media is created and you can install the operating system from it.

As you can see, there are quite a lot of ways to fulfill the above task. All of the above methods are suitable for most versions of Windows, although in each of them the process of creating a boot drive will have its own characteristics.

If some of them you can not use, just choose another. Although, all the specified utilities use quite easily. If you still have any problems, write about them in the comments below. We will definitely come to your aid!

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How to make a boot disk

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Creating a boot diskThe DVD or CD boot disk may be required to install Windows or Linux, check the computer to viruses, remove the banner from the desktop, perform the system recovery - in general, for a wide variety of goals. Creating such a disk in most cases does not constitute a special complexity, however, may cause questions from a novice user.

In this instruction, I will try in detail and on the steps to explain exactly how you can write a boot disk in Windows 8, 7 or Windows XP that it is for this that you will need and what tools and programs can be used.

Update 2015: Additional current materials on a similar topic: Windows 10 boot disk, the best free software for recording disks, Windows 8.1 boot disk, Windows 7 boot disk

What you need to create a boot disk

As a rule, the only necessary thing is the image of the boot disk and in most cases it is a file with the extension .iso that you downloaded from the Internet.

ISO loading disks images

This looks like a boot disk

Almost always, downloading Windows, recovery disc, LiveCD or any Rescue Disk with antivirus, you get the ISO boot disk image and everything that is to be done to get the necessary media - write this image to the disk.

How to burn a boot disk in Windows 8 (8.1) and Windows 7

Write a boot disk from the image in the latest versions of the Windows operating system without the help of any additional programs (however, it may not be the best way, which will be discussed just below). Here's how to do it:

  1. Right-click on the disk image and select "Record Disk" in the context menu that appears. Record the boot disk in Windows
  2. After that, it will remain to select the recording device (if there are several of them) and click the "Write" button, after which you expect to complete the record. Windows Disk Record Wizard

The main advantage of this method is that it is simple and understandable, and also does not require the installation of programs. The main disadvantage is that there are no different recording options. The fact is that when creating a boot disk, it is recommended to set the minimum recording speed (and using the described method, it will be recorded on the maximum) in order to provide a reliable reading of the disk on most DVD drives without downloading additional drivers. This is especially important if you are going to install the operating system from this disk.

Next method - the use of special programs for recording discs is optimal for the purpose of creating boot disks and is suitable not only for Windows 8 and 7, but also for XP.

Record the boot disk in the free program imgburn

There are many programs for recording discs, among which seems to be the most famous Nero product (which, by the way, paid). However, let's start with completely free and with the excellent ImgBurn program.

You can download the program for writing the IMGBURN disks from the official site (Note that the download links should be used to download Mirror - Provided. by , not a large green download button). Also on the site you can download the Russian language for Imgburn.

Install the program at the same time, during installation, give up two additional programs that try to install (it will be necessary to be attentive and remove the marks).

Recording disk image in ImgBurn

After launching ImgBurn, you will see a simple main window in which we are interested in the Write Image File To Disk (write an image to the disk).

Parameters of the boot disk in ImgBurn

After selecting this item, in the Source field, you should specify the path to the image of the boot disk, select the device to write in the Destination field, and right to specify the recording speed and best if you select the smallest possible.

Then click the button to start recording and wait for the end of the process.

How to make a boot disk using ultraiso

Another popular program for creating boot drives - Ultraiso and creating a boot disk in this program is very simple.

Ultraiso boot disk

Start Ultraiso, select "File" - "Open" and specify the path to the disk image. After that, press the button with the image of the burning disk "Burn CD DVD Image" (write a disk image).

Ultraiso recording parameters

Select the recording device, speed (WRITE SPEED), and write method (Write Method) - it is better to leave the default. After that, press the BURN button, wait a bit and the boot disk is ready!

And what if it will be interesting:

How to make HDD hard drive boot?

Most users can already independently install the operating system. After all, there is no need to have many knowledge, the main thing is the presence of the head and strict following instructions. Typically, the installation is made from the disk, or with the help of the boot flash drive.

But today we will learn more about one, the original method to establish an operating system. If you think so, then for these purposes any interchangeable media, suitable volume can be suitable. So why not try for this external HDD? Sometimes it can really come in handy when there is no optical drive, or a suitable flash drive.

On the Internet, many applications that can Make boot HDD. . But then it turned out that Make HDD hard drive boot With the help of standard Windows tools, without installing anything to your computer. Now we will see how it is done.

Preparation of Winchester

The very first step in such cases, make sure that there is no important information on the disk. Copy all its contents to another place and save, then not to regret the lost. Hard disk configuration will be carried out on the Windows 8.1 operating system. But if you use older versions of this OS, then nothing terrible - the difference is not big and everything is done about the same. An interesting feature is that Windows and separate files for others can simultaneously be on the boot hard drive. This is achieved by creating several sections on it.

1. Connect an external disk to the PC and open the drives

All information on Winchester will be lost!

Make the right click on the "Start" menu and select "Disk Management".

how to make hard disk bootOn the older versions of Windows you need to get into the "Computer Management". To do this, open the "Control Panel", through the "Start" menu. Further open the Administration section and expand the "Computer Management". After that, you will need to deploy the tab "Storage Devices". On it, open "Disk Management".


2. Select an external disk

Next is necessary, in the plate among the disks, find your hard drive and highlight it. Try not to make a disk, it will be very disappointing if it's not by chance that it is not the validative data.

We have this "disk 1".

SDELAT-ZHESTKIJ-DISK-HDD-Zagruzochnym-33. Dele all sections on the disk

You make a click right-click on each section and select "Delete Tom".

SDELAT-ZHESTKIJ-DISK-HDD-Zagruzochnym-4Thus, all sections should be removed, on this disk.


4. Calm the disk to sections

Now we do on the contrary - create sections. We need to create one section directly for the installation OS, and the second will be for other needs. We click on the right button on the non-distributed field, for this disk and in the context menu that opens, click on the creation of a simple volume.


5. Create a new volume

Immediately a special master will appear to create simple volumes. Specify the volume for this volume equal to 4404 megabytes. Click "Next".

SDELAT-ZHESTKIJ-DISK-HDD-Zagruzochnym-7You can specify the drive letter, or leave as it is. Again, press "Next".

SDELAT-ZHESTKIJ-DISK-HDD-Zagruzochnym-8Select the formatting of this volume to FAT32 file system. And again click "Next", and then click "Finish".

SDELAT-ZHESTKIJ-DISK-DISK-HDD-Zagruzochnym-96. We make the section Active

Right-click on the section and select "Make Active".

SDELAT-ZHESTKIJ-DISK-HDD-Zagruzochnym-10Confirm your actions with the Yes button. Now we can observe such a picture.


Make the same way with the remaining partition on the disk. In this case, it will not need to be done active.

Write Windows to Outdoor HDD

There is nothing complicated here, everything is easier than simple. If you have a boot DVD, simply open it using the conductor, then select all the files and folders that are located on it and copy to the active volume on the outer hard drive.

If you have an ISO disk image, with a distribution kit of the operating system, then it can be opened with any archiver. After all, such an image is a kind of archive. On the "eight" it can even be opened by the conductor. After you open, copy all the files and folders to the external HDD. After such a not cunning procedure, USB HDD will work as an ordinary bootable flash drive. It remains only after connecting the disk, make the desired settings in the BIOS. Go to the BIOS settings. On different computers, this is done in different ways, usually this is the DEL key, or the F2 button (on laptops). In the options, open the Boot Download section. Further in the Priority Order (Boot Priority Order), set first in the USB HDD list. To save the settings, click on the F10 and the OK button. After that, the computer will restart and install Windows installation (or any other OS) from an external hard disk

If it is impossible to make a section active

For not understandable reasons, this topic is not found anywhere on the Internet. Even despite the fact that many users are faced with it. But it happens that no partitions on disks want to be apparent, this button is simply not pressed. For those who do not quite still understand the difference between active and not active I explain: the computer performs the operating system load only from active sections.

The section is made active with one of two, basic ways:

  1. Through drives. This is the way we have already considered higher. But it does not always work. Sometimes it simply does not work out what is active.
  2. Through the command line using DiskPart. Here everything is done a little more difficult, but it can be resorted to this method when the first did not work. Now we will study it in detail.

How to make that active using the command line?

Connect your external disk that is already broken into partitions. Through the Start menu, on the All Programs tab, open the folder with the standard and select the command line. It must be launched with administrator rights. If someone does not know, then you need to click on the right mouse button and select the appropriate item in the context menu. Also using a key combination Win + X. .

boot external hard driveAfter the terminal window appears, enter the following command: diskpart. . Then click on "ENTER". There should be a line DiskPart>.

SDELAT-ZHESTKIJ-DISK-HDD-Zagruzochnym-13Now you will need to enter the command. LIST DISK. And again confirm by pressing the "ENTER" button. The window will show a sign with all hard drives that are currently connected to a computer.

SDELAT-ZHESTKIJ-DISK-HDD-Zagruzochnym-14You need to choose the one that is used as the boot. This is done with the help of the team. SELECT DISK 0. . Moreover, "0" is a number for the disc needed to us. Since we broke the disk under the number "1", then the team, in our case, will look like this: SELECT DISK 1. . Thus, a disk with the number one will be selected.

SDELAT-ZHESTKIJ-DISK-HDD-Zagruzochnym-15Now we will look for sections that are on this disk. We need to get their list. Therefore, enter the command List Partition and click on the ENTER button.

SDELAT-ZHESTKIJ-DISK-HDD-Zagruzochnym-16And now, we will need to choose a section that we will be active. Enter such a command: SELECT PARTITION 1. . After that, press the ENTER button. As in the case of disks, the unit is the section number. After that, a confirming inscription appears that the desired section is selected.

SDELAT-ZHESTKIJ-DISK-HDD-Zagruzochnym-17After the previous step, enter such a command Active. And click on the "ENTER" key. Then there should be a message in which it says that the current section is marked as active.

HDD bootOn this, everyone, if faced with any new problems, or you have any questions - be sure to post in the comments.

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By this inset, you can independently make a boot (installation) disk for installation or recovery Windows 7 x86 / x64 (32/64 Bit) through the program Windows USB / DVD Download Tool


1. Downloading Windows Image 2. Downloading a program to create a boot disk3. Creating a loading flash drive

Boot disk with windows 7 - This is a disk with Windows 7 installation distribution to install or restore Windows 7 Windows 7 x86 / x64 (32/64 Bit)

This instruction will help make a boot disk with any version of Windows 7:

  • Starter (initial)
  • Home Basic (Home)
  • Home Premium (home extended)
  • Enterprise (Corporate)
  • Professional (Professional)
  • Ultimate (Maximum)

1. Download the image of Windows 7

To write to the disk you need an image (distribution) in format ISO. To record it on the disk.

On our site you can choose any of Windows 7 editions and download an ISO image of any bit (32/64 Bit). All images issued by Microsoft have original official release files. Download access

Download the original image of Windows 7 (32/64 Bit) Downloading is available both through torrent and direct link. You can also download any other source from another source.

2. Downloading a program for writing a boot disk

At this stage, you must have a sevens image. Go to downloading the program to record the boot (installation) disk. There are many programs for these actions, we will show the easiest and recommended by Microsoft. . We will show on the example of the program Windows USB / DVD Download Tool

2.1 Download Windows USB / DVD Download Tool

We recommend Use the official program from Microsoft which is called: Windows USB / DVD Download Tool. This program will help to do as boot disk , so I. Blood flash drive In 100% cases. You can download it with of our server .

2.2 Installing Windows USB / DVD Download Tool

Installing a standard program.

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Boot disk with windows 7 in 10 minutes

3. Creating a boot disk using Windows USB / DVD Download Tool

After installing the program, go directly to the process of creating a bootable USB flash drive with Windows 7.

For this, launch Windows 7RTM. USB /DVD Download Tool. And follow the steps:

3.1 Choosing an image

After starting, click on Browse. will open the conductor in which you want to select the downloaded image of the seven From step 2.1 And click Open. In the window Source File. You must see the way before the image. Press Next.

Boot disk with windows 7 in 10 minutes

3.2 Select disk

In the next window, the program will propose to choose the option: Creating a boot flash drive or boot disk. Click on DVD To create a disc (you can also create a USB flash drive, if you have a flash drive, select USB Device) In the next window, select our DVD disk (the disc can be both DVD-RW and DVD + R) the appliance must be clean.

If the computer does not see the disc, then will show the error.

Boot disk with windows 7 in 10 minutes

Check whether the drive works and make sure the disc is clean .. To start starting pressing Begin Copying

3.3 Copying process

The process of copying the image of Windows 7 to the disk will begin. You can wait until the program copies boot and installation files. After a few minutes you will have a boot disk with Windows 7.

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