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How To Make Bootable USB


Posted May 30, 2009 1:21 pm in: Uncategorized

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Having a bootable USB is very essential, especially if you are a Netbook user. Using bootable USB to install an operating system (OS) not only makes the installation faster, but also saves a DVD. Creating or using an USB drive to install Windows operating systems is very easy if you follow the below mentioned steps.

If you are planning to use bootable USB to install Windows 7 or Vista please refer our guides: Install Windows 7/Vista using bootable USB guide And also, you can refer install Windows 7 on Acer Aspire One guide Coming back to bootable USB guide, here we assume that you are using either Vista or Windows 7 to create a bootable USB.

1. Insert your USB (4GB+ preferable) stick to the system and backup all the data from the USB as we are going to format the USB to make it as bootable. 2. Open elevated Command Prompt. To do this, type in CMD in Start menu search field and hit Ctrl + Shift + Enter. Alternatively, navigate to Start > All programs >Accessories > right click on Command Prompt and select run as administrator. 3. When the Command Prompt opens, enter the following command: DISKPART and hit enter. LIST DISK and hit enter. Once you enter the LIST DISK command, it will show the disk number of your USB drive. In the below image my USB drive disk no is Disk 1. 4. In this step you need to enter all the below commands one by one and hit enter. As these commands are self explanatory, you can easily guess what these commands do. SELECT DISK 1 (Replace DISK 1 with your disk number) CLEAN CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY SELECT PARTITION 1 ACTIVE FORMAT FS=NTFS (Format process may take few seconds) ASSIGN EXIT

Dont close the command prompt as we need to execute one more command at the next step. Just minimize it. 5. Insert your Windows DVD in the optical drive and note down the drive letter of the optical drive and USB media. Here I use D as my optical (DVD) drive letter and H as my USB drive letter. 6. Go back to command prompt and execute the following commands: D:CD BOOT and hit enter. Where D is your DVD drive letter. CD BOOT and hit enter to see the below message. BOOTSECT.EXE/NT60 H: (Where H is your USB drive letter)

7. Copy Windows DVD contents to USB. You are done with your bootable USB. You can now use this bootable USB as bootable DVD on any computer that comes with USB boot feature (most of the current motherboards support this feature). Note that this bootable USB guide will not work if you are trying to make a bootable USB on XP computer.
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180 Comments
1. Sunny

Posted May 30, 2009 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

In my experience, we dont need to do these complicated setup like yours. What I do is simply use the format option for the thumb drive in Windows Explorer (rightclick menu), by using the default settings. Then, extract the files in the ISO image into the thumb or simply copy all the files from setup folder to drive, and then plugnboot. The command prompt and code are no needed. I have tried this simple method many times and they all work on my 4 computers, because I heard that USB booting is originally supported in Windows Vista or higher. PS XP is absolutely incompatible with this function

2. Swordfish
Posted June 1, 2009 at 2:58 am | Permalink

Sunny, because of retards like you I could not make a bootable USB stick till now. Everyone that was posting this type of tutorial did the mistake called THINKING ON HIS OWN and removed the BOOTSECT.EXE/NT60 H: part, because it worked for him. SO FUCK OFF. And thanks for the tutorial.

3. david
Posted June 3, 2009 at 6:50 pm | Permalink

And I also have unkind words for people who underexplain this process because I have been tearing my hair out for the last 3 days trying to get a bootable usb to put XP no my netbook without any luck. There is no reason this needs to be this hard. So, to be clear when you say this wont work with XP do you mean: a.) If youre on a PC running Windows XP and youre trying to make a USB Installation drive to install XP/Vista/7/whatever.

or do you mean b.) If youre trying to create a USB Installation drive to install XP. Eh?

4. Arun
Posted July 16, 2009 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

If you are using Windows XP, try BOOTSECT.EXE /NT52 H:

5. arefiqrc
Posted August 4, 2009 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

How to insert windows dvd on optical drive while im using netbook?? didt not have dvd drives

6. admin
Posted August 5, 2009 at 11:44 pm | Permalink

@arefiqrc IF you are on netbook, get the image of Windows and then extract it.

7. Ivo
Posted September 7, 2009 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

This is a great tut man, thanks a lot !

8. sri
Posted October 16, 2009 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

thats the way

9. Vidura
Posted October 19, 2009 at 2:16 am | Permalink

after bootsect.exe/nt60 H:i get this target volumes will be updated with boot mgr compatability boot code. could not map drive partitions to the associated volume device objects: access is denied

10.Mushy
Posted October 22, 2009 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

Very good.. Worked straight up.. last line not needed for windows 7..

11.bachan singh
Posted October 24, 2009 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

plz give me slids of make bootable usb pen drive

12.Hawksie
Posted October 25, 2009 at 6:37 am | Permalink

Yeah i have done this but i want to make my flahs brive a local disk so that I may install an os onto it. Regards Tim

13.admin
Posted October 25, 2009 at 11:51 am | Permalink

@ Hawksie Its not possible to install Windows 7 exactly on a USB flash drive. Here is the guide that help you carry Windows 7 on USB flash drive: http://www.intowindows.com/ins tall-windows-7-on-usb/

14.HALO
Posted November 5, 2009 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

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15.Mehul
Posted November 6, 2009 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

How to make my bootable USB to normal.

16.Mehul
Posted November 6, 2009 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

Please please any one give me instruction to make my bootable USB back to normal. Because my USB drive speed is toooooooo slow. Copying speed is below 1MB/s. My e-mail address is mehul.the.game88@gmail.com

17.jonas
Posted November 15, 2009 at 5:42 am | Permalink

did you try this MEHUL?

FORMAT [f:] [/FS:file-system] [/Q] F: the usb drive vlume label

18.jonas
Posted November 15, 2009 at 5:43 am | Permalink

format f: /fs:ntfs /q

19. lelmel sumpter


Posted November 17, 2009 at 12:37 am | Permalink

bootsect.exe not found

20.Ommni
Posted November 28, 2009 at 8:50 pm | Permalink

Yep thats what I got as well. bootsect.exe not found.

21.Metoo
Posted December 2, 2009 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

My USB stick is not showing up as a DISK. Tried with various sticks. Whats the issue?

22.gugu_gatal
Posted December 2, 2009 at 11:32 pm | Permalink

its work, only for windows vista &7

23.paul
Posted December 3, 2009 at 1:14 am | Permalink

works at teat

24.paul
Posted December 3, 2009 at 1:14 am | Permalink

sorry treat

25.Petterman
Posted December 5, 2009 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

Well done, works exactly as described. Ive been looking around for this type of information for a few hours. Found this and im happily installing 2k3, 2k8, 2k8R2 on servers by plugging in my usb. Thank you!

26.veta

Posted December 6, 2009 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

Try unebootin. Sorry but this is for linux. Every distributions supported . By.

27.zico
Posted December 14, 2009 at 3:29 am | Permalink

worked like a charm. thanks dude

28.kaim
Posted December 16, 2009 at 4:32 am | Permalink

can i install xp without optical drive support?????????? means using usb with windows files??????

29.admin
Posted December 16, 2009 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

@Kaim Of course, you can install XP from USB. But note that this guide is only for Vista and 7.

30.kartik
Posted December 17, 2009 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

hey guys why to make usb disk bootable just install any version of windows in ur usb drive directly but it should be 8gb usb drive for win 7 and vista and it should be 4 gb for xp,98 and vista portable. my email address is kartikeyp1@gmail.com

31.Jitendra
Posted December 22, 2009 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

Hi, Can u let me know,how can i install xp from USB.Please suggest how can do it. Thanks & Regards Jitendra Kumar

32.Rakesh
Posted December 30, 2009 at 1:56 am | Permalink

Ya its working for windows 7 Can anyone say me how to make a cd bootable in a similar way

33.Matthew
Posted January 9, 2010 at 4:59 am | Permalink

I found a utility called WinToFlash that works well. wintoflash.com/home/en/

34. Zeb Sanders


Posted January 15, 2010 at 9:06 am | Permalink

How to create a bootable USB drive to install Windows xp

35.Sobaixu
Posted February 4, 2010 at 1:09 am | Permalink

I followed this guide and it is not accurate. I have made some minor edits to help others who have the same issue as me after following this giude. aka. Boot mgr is missing error So heres the REAL working guide. Guide to making a bootable USB drive using Vista or Windows 7 (Note: this guide will not work on WinXP.) 1. Insert your USB stick into USB port (MUST be 4GB or higher). (Note: Backup the data on your USB drive as we are going to format it.) 2. Open the Command Prompt: (follow steps listed below to do this) Go to Start Menu > All programs > Accessories > Right click on Command Prompt Select Run as Administrator 3. When the Command Prompt opens, enter the following command: DISKPART (hit enter) LIST DISK (hit enter) (Note: Once you enter the LIST DISK command, it will show the disk numbers of all drives connected to your PC)

4. In this step, enter all the below commands one by one and hit enter: SELECT DISK 1 (Replace DISK 1 with your USB drives disk number, For example: If your usb is 4GB, and Disk 2 shows 4000mb disk size, type SELECT DISK 2, as that is your usb drive) CLEAN CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY SELECT PARTITION 1 ACTIVE FORMAT FS=FAT32 (Format process may take a few minutes, depending on the size of the USB drive) ASSIGN EXIT (Note: Dont close the command prompt as we need it for the next step. Just minimize it) 5. Insert your Windows DVD in the DVD drive. Note the drive letter of the DVD Drive and USB Drive. (Here I use D as my DVD drive letter and F as my USB drive letter) NOTE: Drive letters can be assigned or changed. In the start menu right click Computer, select Manage. A window will open. Select Disk Managment (Near the bottom of the list on the left side panel), Right click a drive to assign, change or remove the drive letter). 6. Go back to command prompt window and execute the following commands: D: CD BOOT (Where D: is your DVD drive letter) And hit Enter. BOOTSECT.EXE/NT60 F: (Where F: is your USB drive letter) And hit Enter. XCOPY D:\*.* /S/E/F F:\ (Where D: is your DVD drive, and F: is your USB Drive) And hit Enter.

8. Wait for DVD contents to copy to USB. You are done with your bootable USB. You can now use this bootable USB as bootable DVD on any computer that comes with USB boot feature (most of the current motherboards support this feature).

36.Sobaixu
Posted February 4, 2010 at 1:13 am | Permalink

Alternatively, use this handy application that does it all for you, even makes XP bootable usb drive. http://www.downloadsquad.com/ 2009/08/27/make-a-bootableusb-installer-for-windows-xpvista-7-with-wint/

37.tvshub
Posted February 8, 2010 at 5:56 am | Permalink

Maybe this will help, no warranty that this info is accurate, but some of it is. -bootsect.exe is on Vista disc, not on XP disc. -XP uses NTLDR, Vista uses BOOTMGR (OS setup different between xp & vista) -USB stick format must be what system BIOS can recognize as bootable some older BIOS version only boot devices with FAT16, and theres some other stuff that we are still learning about. So, this is why everyone may get different results. Computers are like a box of chocolates, you never know what you will get, and they melt in your hands if youre not cool.

38.user
Posted February 11, 2010 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

when i enter LIST DISK command, i see only HDD, not usb flash. what can i do?

39.martin
Posted February 13, 2010 at 12:11 am | Permalink

hi guys i would like my usb to be bootable so i could go and get my ghost image how do i do that please

40.martin
Posted February 13, 2010 at 12:12 am | Permalink

hi guys i would like my usb to be bootable so i could go and get my ghost image how do i do that please email please m_cubaynes@yahoo.com

41.bhavin
Posted February 25, 2010 at 9:01 pm | Permalink

i use vista basic. i want to run xp in my usb. can any one help me?

42.Tonmoy
Posted March 17, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Permalink

Thanks man, It was perfect.

43.Philipino
Posted March 28, 2010 at 11:10 am | Permalink

thanks for great tutorial, i can now make bootable usb not only win7 but windows XP more power

44.Montezz
Posted April 1, 2010 at 6:46 am | Permalink

This is some excellent tech writing, thanks for the clear instructions, worked great

45.giorgos
Posted April 12, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

why should not someone do this by right clicking on the usb?????? should everyone learn these commands??

46.Roman
Posted May 3, 2010 at 6:25 am | Permalink

Thank You Very Very Much for this Information!! your the best!!

47.jebasimon
Posted May 3, 2010 at 9:18 pm | Permalink

Ill Like this

48.SANDEEP PACHAURY
Posted May 7, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

BOOTSECT.EXE/NT60 J: IS NOT WORKING IN MY SYSTEM.

49.Roman
Posted May 18, 2010 at 9:37 am | Permalink

Hi I was wondering will this work by boot commands work for booting windows XP?? or there is some other special boot commands for XP differ from Vista\Windows 7??? Anyone with good knowledge Please Reply Thanks!!

50.Roman
Posted May 18, 2010 at 9:39 am | Permalink

WILL THIS WORK FOR BOOTING XP OR XP HAS DIFFERENT BOOT COMMANDS?? PLZ HELP!!!

51.Kamran Khan
Posted May 24, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

Windows XP user must give a try to Novicorp WinToFlash. Here is the link http://www.downloadsquad.com/ 2009/08/27/make-a-bootableusb-installer-for-windows-xpvista-7-with-wint/ This will make your USB drive bootable for installing Windows XP Vista etc. After Making Bootable USB Drive go to your computers BIOS and select USB your first boot device. If your Hard Drive or DVD ROM is your first boot device then it will not work. One thing for sure not every computer has USB Boot option available in BIOS. Hope It helps. Kamran Khan of Shabqadar

52.ironman
Posted June 10, 2010 at 7:48 pm | Permalink

how can i install xp onto a usb to make it bootable

53.Scott
Posted June 17, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

@Vidura : did you get an answer to http://www.intowindows.com/bo otable-usb/#comment-4441 ? Im getting the same error and I do not have a write-protect switch on my USB thumbdrive. E:\boot>bootsect /nt60 s: Target volumes will be updated with BOOTMGR compatible bootcode. Could not map drive partitions to the associated volume device objects: Access is denied. Anyone know of how to get around this? Cheers, Scott.

54.Pedram
Posted June 30, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

Thank you very much,good job!

55.David
Posted July 13, 2010 at 8:31 am | Permalink

You need to runas Administrator cmd.exe then run these last commands otherwise you will receive: Could not map drive partitions to the associated volume device objects: Access is denied. David

56.Chaz
Posted July 16, 2010 at 8:46 am | Permalink

This also works to install Windows 2008 Server products. Thanks for a great Tutorial!

57.guard
Posted August 4, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

Hi,

I was looking for an option to boot from USB as my laptops CD drive is not working. The write-up is clear. After the installation from USB, can we format the data in USB and use it like another normal flash drive to store data? Plz clarify.

58.admin
Posted August 4, 2010 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

@ Guard Of course, you can format it and use it as a normal USB drive.

59.Darian
Posted August 20, 2010 at 5:21 am | Permalink

Great tutorial!! Simple and efficient, thanks.

60.aion
Posted August 20, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

hellothanx for the amazing tutorial.but i can perform the last steps..it says could not map dive partitions to the associated volume device objects: access denied.. what should i do?? please tell me.. thanx

61.JB
Posted August 21, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

hi, i dont have any windows dvd what i suppose to do now?

62.zee
Posted August 23, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

To JB, its quite simple; you go and get yourself onelike, gasp, buying one!!

63.windows hate
Posted August 24, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

i hate this fucking shit because it dont work!!!!!! when i install the things the say here my computer is dead and cannot start windows

and even cannot start the reboot cd!!! so be prepared to kill your pc!!!

64.javed
Posted August 28, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

thanks dude.thank you for this information

65.rose
Posted August 28, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

My cd drive not working but I need to install xp then what can I do

66.JB
Posted September 4, 2010 at 8:30 am | Permalink

zee, thanks for that but i dont know where to buy..

67.yash
Posted September 4, 2010 at 9:44 am | Permalink

hello i have tried all these but at the time of disk list my usb is not showing there. Can u tell what is the problem? Its a fabulous technique. plzzzzz reply in my mail id..

68.noddy
Posted September 8, 2010 at 9:03 pm | Permalink

out of all the methods iv tried this is the best! thumps up

69.Microbe
Posted September 11, 2010 at 7:29 am | Permalink

I really like the copyrighted screenshots LOL. Why are people so precious about such stuff when they likely have borrowed stuff themselves. Its a screenshot dammitwhy would you think YOUR screenshot is so special that no one can replicate it. sigh

70.Octavian Iancu
Posted September 13, 2010 at 2:54 am | Permalink

Thanks a lot, great tut

71.Sultan Ahmad
Posted September 13, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

Thanks Sobaixu! it really works

72.Selvan
Posted September 14, 2010 at 4:32 am | Permalink

How about with a System Repair Disc. The Aspire 5251 did not come with a CD/DVD and bootsect.exe is not found on the Repair Disc of Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit Thanks

73.Fredo
Posted September 14, 2010 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

Hello everyone, I had already read something like this before and everytime Ive read this sort of tutorial, its always ambiguous Basically, here youre creating a bootable win vista or win 7 setup USB key nothing more nothing else and if you want to waste your time doing all this total nonesense, be my guests! But if you want to do this the proper SMART way just get Win2Flash from Novicorp (go ahead, look for it!) and stop wasting everyones time and wasting bandwidth!!!

74.Gamer
Posted September 16, 2010 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

Perfect, worked great, thank you!!

75.Rajesh KW
Posted September 17, 2010 at 12:00 am | Permalink

is their any Software which Format USB disks to Bootables..!?

76.conrad77
Posted September 17, 2010 at 3:32 am | Permalink

thanks to the nice guide to all who got could not map dive partitions to the associated

volume device objects: access denied run CMD as Administrator by going to start/all programs/accessories and right click command and select run as administrator then do the last step

77.RRG
Posted September 17, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

f**k of u all ppl. there r so many essy ways to make a bootable usb.. make sure u r using a orrect software.. like novicorp wintoflash..

78.nouman
Posted September 18, 2010 at 9:00 am | Permalink

i have my personal data in my usb but it has been deleted can any one tell me how to recover.

79.Roger
Posted September 18, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

@RRG There are so many easy ways to get your spelling and grammar correct. For example, make sure YOU are using the correct software, run your spell checking software, run your grammar checking software, get an education, do some study, install a typing tutorial program and practise using it, even just use a dictionary! (Can you use one?) There are so many easy ways

80.k1ngkhan
Posted September 23, 2010 at 9:23 am | Permalink

everybody pls use this software wintoflash is better

81.salman
Posted September 23, 2010 at 9:33 am | Permalink

how to install bootable usb xp? how can i make?

82.KERED
Posted September 23, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

Thank you. great tut. will refer friends and enemies alike to you post.

83. shubhajeet naik


Posted September 27, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

hi, it happend. but now i cant boot from cd drive. can u please tell how to make my laptop defaule cd bootable

84.Dan
Posted September 27, 2010 at 10:13 pm | Permalink

I completely bricked my computer trying to install libc6 and its dependencies in Ubuntu without an internet connection. My computer refused to boot, or even accept a bootable Linux USB. This clear, concise guide saved me so much headache! Thank you!!!

85.palash
Posted September 28, 2010 at 12:35 am | Permalink

plese give me tips how to make bootable pendrive which will be install xp or other windows

86.palash
Posted September 28, 2010 at 12:43 am | Permalink

my hdd install linux but when 1 drive remove its have no run. and when open my computer its hung. what can i do.plese give me solution.

87.kamal
Posted September 28, 2010 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

great tutsharing is caring

88.Jingoman
Posted September 30, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

i tried all the above steps and worked perfectly fine except the last step BOOTSECT.EXE /NT60 H: (H being my usb drive letter) response from the cmd prmpt TARGET VOLUMES WILL BE UPDATED WITH BOOTMGR COMPATIBLE BOOTCODE.

COULD NOT MAP DRIVE PARTITIONS TO THE ASSOCIATED VOLUME DEVICE OBJECTS: ACCESS IS DENIED. anybody with a solution please?

89.Luis
Posted October 3, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

For those who get could not map drive partitions to the associated volume device objects: access is denied Have you checked if you are using the right letter for your usb drive? I mean if I am doing it the whole process with a usb drive where the letter assigned to it is K, then Ill have to type this: bootsect.exe /nt60 K: probably thats why we can get that error message Greetings

90.Ahak
Posted October 3, 2010 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

Not working for me its not showing usb in list

91.yasir
Posted October 6, 2010 at 12:24 am | Permalink

same prob here i tried all the above steps and worked perfectly fine except the last step BOOTSECT.EXE /NT60 H: (H being my usb drive letter) response from the cmd prmpt TARGET VOLUMES WILL BE UPDATED WITH BOOTMGR COMPATIBLE BOOTCODE. COULD NOT MAP DRIVE PARTITIONS TO THE ASSOCIATED VOLUME DEVICE OBJECTS: ACCESS IS DENIED. anybody with a solution please?

92.piyush
Posted October 9, 2010 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

my dvd writer is not working.how can install 7 ultimate from usb.

93.Cro Hacker
Posted October 10, 2010 at 8:15 am | Permalink

to all of them that whant to make the USB a USB like it whas before , just do on the repeate this part CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY SELECT PARTITION 1 ACTIVE and do this FORMAT FS=FAt32 the usb returns to be a removable disc

94.NPP
Posted October 10, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

Youre the BEST, buddy! This tutorial was just what i needed cos my DVD Drives been acting funny! The jerks who say this is too complicated or this is just not needed need to broaden their myopic contemplation! Thanks once again, pal!

95.Zzz
Posted October 12, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

Guys! What if i dont have DVD of XP but XP image at my Hard Disk. In that situation, how am I gonna select that specific image from hard drive volume. I tried by making a virtual cd drive but CMD doesnt recognize it and BOOTSECT.EXE doesnt appear. Note: Transitioning from Vista to XP. Please, guide if u can.

96. Bartlomiej Puls


Posted October 12, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

could not map drive partitions to the associated volume device objects: access is denied Run cmd as Administrator it WILL work.

97.Tiger
Posted October 14, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

Thank you!!! Perfect!!!

98. Ron Vantomme


Posted October 18, 2010 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

Just use Universal USB installer v1.7.9 It makes any iso bootable,on your usb drive.

99.dvhirst
Posted October 19, 2010 at 5:09 am | Permalink

Thanks to Arun for his comment about Win XP version! It works as suggested, with the bootsect commeand confirming that ntldr compatible bootcode was written to the drive.

100.vinod
Posted October 22, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

Is it possible to format windows 7 with windows XP bootable CD bcz on my pc I installed windows 7 on xp it is not istalled after 37% it got blocked. whenever I want to format using xp it said hard disk not recognizable

101.Partho
Posted October 26, 2010 at 12:55 am | Permalink

This is not for me. It dose not show disk list.

102.SIKKU
Posted October 28, 2010 at 9:27 am | Permalink

My USB stick is not showing up as a DISK. PLZ HELP ME MY MAIL

103.Peter
Posted October 29, 2010 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

THE GUIDE DO NOT WORK FOR XP" Your stupid fuckhead, did you not know, that people using XP, CANNOT" se there USB drive in disk part / Disk list.

Aaaaand, since 99,99% of 100, try make such USB bootble, bcs. they will install win 7, on a XP system, it means your guide do not work at all.. Christ.

104.durai raj.p
Posted November 2, 2010 at 8:24 pm | Permalink

pls sent step by step create the usb boot disk in windows xp .

105.durai raj.p
Posted November 2, 2010 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

how to configur the usb bootdisk in windows xp

106.durai raj.p
Posted November 2, 2010 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

how to create usb boot disk in windows xp

107.Azeem
Posted November 4, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

Its a very nice description by the way and works good. though i have a suggestioni.e. ASSIGN AND EXIT where exit looks like that if we write EXIT it will go out of the COMMAND PROMPT. but it actually goes out of the PARTITION PROCESS. so make it clear to other people that it will just go out of the partition process. Not all of the people think much upon this thing..Thanksbest of luck

108.Rolf
Posted November 6, 2010 at 8:13 am | Permalink

Worked great on my Acer AOA150. Tinkering with it now it seems o work quite well. Thanks for the great instructions. I felt like a true computer guy! THX Again!

109.Ashish Sharma
Posted November 6, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

Alternatively, you can download the following handy utility that would do all the above task:

https://sourceforge.net/projects/ setupfromusb/ COmpletely, free to use (only for Win Vista or 7)

110.SHAILENDRA KUMAR
Posted November 7, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Permalink

i tried all the above steps and worked perfectly fine except the last step BOOTSECT.EXE /NT60 H: (H being my usb drive letter) response from the cmd prmpt TARGET VOLUMES WILL BE UPDATED WITH BOOTMGR COMPATIBLE BOOTCODE. COULD NOT MAP DRIVE PARTITIONS TO THE ASSOCIATED VOLUME DEVICE OBJECTS: ACCESS IS DENIED. PLZ GIVE ME SOLUTION IF ANYBODY HAVE ONE>>>>>>>>>

111.pradip
Posted November 9, 2010 at 11:06 am | Permalink

how to do this with windows xp.

112.Maddy
Posted November 9, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Permalink

Thanks Guys

You guys rock

113.Azad
Posted November 12, 2010 at 8:41 am | Permalink

Hi, I think you cant use assign command without selecting volume. What i did before assigning is hitting the following commandsLIST VOLUME SELECT VOLUME # (volume number of usb drive) ASSIGN

114.BRijesh
Posted November 15, 2010 at 11:25 am | Permalink

can any body tell me, how to make win 7 dvd bootable ,manually. i hv data dvd which doesnt boot.

115.Arpita

Posted November 15, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

my usb is 3.78 GB when I am typing the command CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY..IT SAYS Insufficient free space to create a partition at the specified size and offset. wot do i do?

116.Mustansar Ramzan
Posted November 16, 2010 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

how to make kingston usb

117.Arpita
Posted November 17, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

WHEN I TYPE CD BOOT..IT SAYS CANNOT FIND THE FILE SPECIFIED. SO THE LAST SUCCESSFUL STEP I GOT THRU WAS D: BOOT CD BUT AFTER THIS..IT CANNOT IDENTIFY THE PATH.. CAN ANY1 HELP ME WID DIS..DAT WILL BE GR8 THANKS..

118.karim nassser
Posted November 30, 2010 at 11:37 pm | Permalink

Hey guys, Can it be possible to boot win 2000?

119.Abdulqadir
Posted December 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

its not showing my usb in list disk. wat to do

120.l0stb3ta
Posted December 2, 2010 at 1:05 am | Permalink

@Arpita: The CD command changes directory. First, are you sure that your DVD drive is D: ? Verify the drive letter by going into My Computer. The drive letters for all attached drives should be listed, alongside what they are. I.E., DVD Drive D:. As far as I know, the only thing that would cause a Cannot find

the file specified error is if D: is not actually the directory for your DVD drive, or if the DVD isnt in the drive. I think it may also happen if the DVD is unreadable, but I think that gives you another error. @karim: It might be *possible*, but this tutorial is specifically for Windows Vista and Windows 7. You might have to ask Google about that onealthough, Im not sure if any hardware that can only run Windows 2000 is able to boot from USB. I could be wrong, though.

121.polo89
Posted December 2, 2010 at 5:03 am | Permalink

so try doing everything step by step but when i put in the comman ( cd boot ) it says system cannot find path specified . can any one please help me ?

122.polo89
Posted December 2, 2010 at 5:08 am | Permalink

so try doing everything step but when i put in the comman cd boot system cannot find specified path. can any one please help me?

123.Carl
Posted December 8, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

*** You must have Vista or Win 7 on your computer for the above method to work **** *** It will NOT work if you are trying to do this from a computer with XP *** Because the Diskpart command in XP does NOT WORK with USB Flash Drives. Also, you can NOT put XP on a USB flash drive using this method (XP is NOT designed to install from a USB drive.)

124.azahar
Posted December 16, 2010 at 11:54 am | Permalink

thanks man. it worked for me.

125.Martin
Posted December 17, 2010 at 1:58 am | Permalink

Hello. Everything works fine until bootsect.exe /nt60 f:. It just gives me the message not recognizable. What can I do?

126.Faizan Ahmed
Posted December 17, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

There should be a whole process at a place that how to make a bootable USB.

127.MARK
Posted December 19, 2010 at 12:06 am | Permalink

WinToFlash software is free and easy to use. I have created XP usb!

128.Jugernaut
Posted December 19, 2010 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

Thankyou so much you are great. you are above all. it worked like a piece of cake.

129.Ionut
Posted December 23, 2010 at 1:57 am | Permalink

When i write in cmd CD: BOOT it says: The system cannot find the patch specified. Help please.I`m using Vista.

130.Navi
Posted December 23, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

Ionut type (cd boot) not (cd: boot) i hope u get it

131.Dhananjay
Posted December 25, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

How 2 make bootable usb drive from image file ??

132.naveen
Posted December 25, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

please tell me how to make non bootable USB from bootable. i created bootable usb and formatted it but now at the time of booting up my laptop if i have inserted that usb then it shows bootMGR missing error. so how to resolve this problem.

133.thustha
Posted December 28, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

my 8GB flash not display in dispart.. can anyone help me regarding this

134.Rocket
Posted December 29, 2010 at 3:16 am | Permalink

thustha, I had the same issue. I would show in XP, but not in Diskpart. I plugged it into my Windows 7 workstation and it then showed in Diskpart.

135.SUMEET
Posted December 30, 2010 at 10:14 pm | Permalink

thnks a tonn man..u saved my life

136.Dishank
Posted January 5, 2011 at 12:48 am | Permalink

thanks:)

137.jat
Posted January 5, 2011 at 10:14 am | Permalink

the steps do work when followed but when booting from the usb, the default language is not english its some funky character, kalasha

138.shivram
Posted January 7, 2011 at 10:17 am | Permalink

when i try to boot from the usb drive, windows 7 setup says unable to create/locate partition. PS- lenovo thinkpad U460 (netbook)

139.rukhsad

Posted January 7, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

when i hit the list disk there is no display usb number then how can i format and partition and make bootble plz guide me

140.amandeep
Posted January 9, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Permalink

its not work on XP. dont waste time

141.amandeep
Posted January 9, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

send me solution,, becoz, i want to try on to XP. plz

142.amandeep
Posted January 9, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

Naveen,,, i have same error like u,,, actually matter is that,, Xp has no boot folder,,, if u try boot command on window 7, it will work,,,, so, xp has different folder of boot files, i dont know proper name, but may 1386.

143.ghaitanya
Posted January 10, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

sendn me solution, brcoz, i want format my lappy form pen drive.

144.S3ndo
Posted January 10, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

hey it says THE SYSTEM CANNOT FIND THE PATH SPECIFIED I need help!!

145.amandeep
Posted January 10, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

hey all frnds, we can also use some software than commands to make bootable..

146.joey
Posted January 13, 2011 at 4:41 am | Permalink

If you simply want to put Win 7 on a USB, then use this tool. You will need an ISO.

http://store.microsoft.com/Help/I SO-Tool

147.manish
Posted January 13, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

how to install windows xp on windows7 & my writer cant work.plze help me.

148.Neven
Posted January 14, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Permalink

Perfect, Thank you!!

149.Alex
Posted January 16, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

Hi , Im Alejandro and Im mexican. I dont speak very well english but it was very easy to follow your instructions. Im very grateful becouse this works perfectly . thanks alot. Sorry if Im wrong in my writing thanks again

150.renzcarl
Posted January 17, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

THE SYSTEM CANNOT FIND THE PATH SPECIFIED.. this sentence shows every time i type in CD BOOT, my cd-drive is E: so ive done it correctly.. what am i gonna do? E:\>CD BOOT THE SYSTEM CANNOT FIND THE PATH SPECIFIED. exactly like this..

151.avinash
Posted January 17, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

well, this is helpful for everybody. thanks

152.gaurav
Posted January 19, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

how to make pen drive normal its speed is very slow

153.barbituate
Posted January 24, 2011 at 12:34 am | Permalink

Worked like a champ. Ran into a couple hurdles, but finally got it

working on Windows 7. Had to start the command prompt in Administrator Mode. And after going through the diskpart, my USB drive letter had changed from G: to H:, so I was of course getting an error with bootsect.exe when using the wrong drive letter. All good now. Thanks for the post!

154.Arjun
Posted January 27, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

First of all Thx for this tutorial. btw who got error on last step please follow this step.. 1. Insert your USB stick into USB port (MUST be 4GB or higher). (Note: Backup the data on your USB drive as we are going to format it.) 2. Open the Command Prompt: (follow steps listed below to do this) Go to Start Menu > All programs > Accessories > Right click on Command Prompt Select Run as Administrator 3. When the Command Prompt opens, enter the following command: DISKPART (hit enter) LIST DISK (hit enter) (Note: Once you enter the LIST DISK command, it will show the disk numbers of all drives connected to your PC) 4. In this step, enter all the below commands one by one and hit enter: SELECT DISK 1 (Replace DISK 1? with your USB drives disk number, For example: If your usb is 4GB, and Disk 2 shows 4000mb disk size, type SELECT DISK 2, as that

is your usb drive) CLEAN CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY SELECT PARTITION 1 ACTIVE FORMAT FS=FAT32 (Format process may take a few minutes, depending on the size of the USB drive) ASSIGN EXIT (Note: Dont close the command prompt as we need it for the next step. Just minimize it) 5. Insert your Windows DVD in the DVD drive. Note the drive letter of the DVD Drive and USB Drive. (Here I use D as my DVD drive letter and F as my USB drive letter) NOTE: Drive letters can be assigned or changed. In the start menu right click Computer, select Manage. A window will open. Select Disk Managment (Near the bottom of the list on the left side panel), Right click a drive to assign, change or remove the drive letter). 6. Go back to command prompt window and execute the following commands: D: CD BOOT (Where D: is your DVD drive letter) And hit Enter. XCOPY D:\*.* /S/E/F F:\ (Where D: is your DVD drive, and F: is your USB Drive) And hit Enter. 8. Wait for DVD contents to copy to USB. You are done with your bootable USB. You can now use this bootable USB as bootable DVD on any computer that comes with USB boot feature (most of the current motherboards support this feature). Other way is 2 simple software.

just put source n destination path and ur bootable flash disk ready http://sourceforge.net/projects/s etupfromusb/files/v2.0.0.0/Setup %20from%20USB %20v2.0.0.0.exe/download http://wintoflash.com/download/ en/

155.tochi
Posted January 30, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

very good

156.Leg3nd
Posted January 31, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

Ok for all the people that are following this tutorial, but still get an access is denied error..MAKE SURE YOU DO NOT CLOSE OUT OF COMMAND PROMPT!!!!!! If you do then you lose your rights to write to that drive. You lose admin privileges. So when you hit exit and it says leaving diskpart, dont close CMD. Then go onto the next step. I dont know how many times I tried this before I figured out that by me closing the command prompt screen I was losing my privileges to write to that disk (usb) Hope this helps.

157.Nabs
Posted February 5, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

How do I perform a bootable flash disk with multiple Operating system on it. Where I would have the chance to choose which Os I want to install a time?

158.mohdnizam1971
Posted February 9, 2011 at 6:17 am | Permalink

i like to make usb live mode for windows like ubuntu or any os. is it real.help me plz..

159.balbdr
Posted February 11, 2011 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

how to make usb drive unattanent

160.ASAD YAHYA
Posted February 11, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Permalink

this is better way to tell peoples about usb anad i hope u understand the better way of doing this Ok for all the people that are following this tutorial, but still get an access is denied error..MAKE SURE YOU DO NOT CLOSE OUT OF COMMAND PROMPT!!!!!! If you do then you lose your rights to write to that drive. You lose admin privileges. So when you hit exit and it says leaving diskpart, dont close CMD. Then go onto the next step

161.Bidyut Roy
Posted February 16, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

THE SYSTEM CANNOT FIND THE PATH SPECIFIED.. this sentence shows every time i type in CD BOOT, my cd-drive is E: so ive done it correctly.. what am i gonna do? E:\>CD BOOT THE SYSTEM CANNOT FIND THE PATH SPECIFIED. exactly like this.

162.kamran
Posted February 16, 2011 at 10:44 pm | Permalink

during said process to make usb bootable diskpart >clean was not successfull, after this usb cant be formated and showing 0 kb properties. help me to save my usb

163.ziggy
Posted February 17, 2011 at 9:27 am | Permalink

Can any one help me to creat a start up disc on cd or dvdplease note that i want it for windows xp

164.vidhya shankar
Posted February 20, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

awsome i lie this trick and it works for vista & 7 too thanks for this tips and trick

165.Sandeep Akula

Posted February 26, 2011 at 9:49 pm | Permalink

Thanks for sharing the steps. Steps are illustrated in very good manner.

166.robin
Posted February 27, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

hello i have a little problem in my pc when im formatting my computer in the stage of copying files it appears retry in a particular files like .ndll format or something i used different installer or CDs i also try genuine windows xp and bootable USB but still it cannot copy files thank you

167.Kaja
Posted March 2, 2011 at 3:26 am | Permalink

god i hate my self. i am a noob at this but since i have nobody to help me i have to try to figur it out my self. turns out i did this guide on my stock hdd instead of the usb. so now i lost 100+ gb files. Is there no way to get it back?

168.Lotvik
Posted March 3, 2011 at 3:41 am | Permalink

Thanks a lot! Very good guide and a very good result

169.Manish
Posted March 9, 2011 at 7:40 am | Permalink

I want to know when i type cmd cd boot then why displaying system can not define the specified path. While everything is ok drive letter. I have use windows7 ultimate os to make bootable usb.plz send step by step cmd which i could make succeed usb. Regards manish pgdca from polytechnic

170.Hash_master
Posted March 13, 2011 at 1:25 am | Permalink

I cant be the only 1 with this error

###so when I enter### FORMAT FS=NTFS ###I get this### Virtual Disk Service error: A concurrent second call is made on an object before the first is completed.

171.Hash_master
Posted March 13, 2011 at 1:33 am | Permalink

it was completing and the process got stopped now that error comes up

172.Hash_master
Posted March 13, 2011 at 1:49 am | Permalink

alright cool I got it started I used disk utility and erased. So there probably a program that does that for windows, shouldnt DISKPART do that?? any ways problem solved

173.gaurav
Posted March 13, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

my dvd drive is not working i have the windows 7 file in my harddisk and in my pen drive how to proceed after step 5. plzzz help. thanks

174.Gurveen
Posted March 15, 2011 at 10:32 am | Permalink

Hi All, it is working fine just you need to right click on CMD of start button and start DOS as Administrator. Rest follow steps initially mentioned in this thread nothing else is required.

175.E
Posted March 20, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

Thank you so much! I tried forever to find detailed instructions like these! Worked flawlessly for my little netbook. THANK YOU!

176.JS

Posted March 22, 2011 at 5:52 am | Permalink

i have win 7 i had done all commands step by step in last BOOTSECT.EXE/NT60 G: after this command i received message BOOTSECT.EXE is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable programe or batch file. Plz give me solution.

177.David Riley
Posted March 23, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

The bootsect.exe is all down to opening com prompt in administrator

178.Frosty
Posted March 27, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Permalink

Quickest and easiest way Ive found is to download/install UltraISO. Open the ISO(ISO being an image of the disc) and choose write to disc option. Choose youre USB stick and you good to go. Nothing better then WIN7 install from USB.

179.Usman
Posted March 30, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

thank you dear it realey works very well i have one more question can i run ghost from my USB drive and can i install multi os from one usb.. thanks again

180.Max
Posted April 3, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

Great posts sorted me out perfectly thanks

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