This post talks Rufus: a tool that enables users to format and make bootable USB flash drives, like memory sticks, pen drives, USB keys, etc. You can download Rufus to create bootable Windows installation USB drive, Mac bootable drive, Linux, Dos and more.
How is it useful? It enables you to work on a system that doesn’t have an OS installed, as well as the following:
- Enables you to run a utility of a low-level.
- Enables you to make USB installation media via bootable ISOs including UEFI, Linux and Windows.
- Enables you to flash firmwares like BIOS from DOS directly.
Despite being small in nature, Rufus has lightning-fast speed. How fast, you imagine? It is faster the Universal USB Installer, UNetbootin or the download tool for Windows 7, on the making of a Windows 7 USB installation drive with the help of ISO. It can also be quick than an instance where someone uses ISOs to create Linux bootable USB.
Top Rufus Features
We’ll talk about the ISO images supported by Rufus, but first you should look at what’s new in the tool. The following are some new things:
- SeymourApps integrated Drag and Drop functionality.
- Most write operations have a retry now.
- There’s also Thai Translation.
- Dual sign is possible with SHA-256 as well as SHA1.
- No further problem of SHD-256 being hidden on some platforms.
- UEFI has received an update, Grub4DOS, ms-sys and NTFS are latest.
- Shutdown prevention issues have been addressed.
- Create bootable Windows XP Installation USB.
- Create Linux bootable USB installation.
- Create Windows 7 bootable USB disk.
- Create Windows 10 Bootable USB installation disk.
- Mac OSX USB Installation disk.
How to Use Rufus
Rufus requires 32/64 bit Windows XP or later. After download, it is ready to be used. There’s no installation required, and it can be used immediately after the download.
- First you need to download Rufus tool and open it.
- Connect your USB drive to the computer.
- Make sure that the “Create a bootable disk using” is checked.
- Tap on the CD Image and select the ISO image.
- Click start to start the bootable disk creation.
- After operation is completed, disconnect the USB drive and you’re done.
By the way, read this about the DOS support: If a non-US keyword is used and a DOS bootable drive is created, Rufus selects a keyword layout based on the locale of the system in use. If that happens, the default selection “FreeDOS” is preferred than MS-DOS, because you’ll get more keyboard layouts.
And read this about ISO support: All Rufus versions after 1.1.0 enable making of a bootable USB via (.iso) ISO image. Also, creating the ISO image from a set of files or a physical disc is easy, but, possible with a CD burning application, like ImgBurn and CDBurnerXP.
Download Rufus Tool
- Download Rufus portable version 2.7 from this download link.
- Download Rufus installation file version 2.7 from this download link.
Why Rufus is the best tool to Create Botable USB Drives?
Lastly, read this on GPT & UEFI support: After v 1.3.2, Rufus supports GPT for installation media and UEFI, meaning that Windows 7, Linux (full EFI mode) or Windows 8 could be installed. But Windows Vista or above is needed in case of full GPT/UEFI support. Because of OS limits, the creation of UEFI bootable drives to MBR mode is restricted by Windows XP.