What is a bootable USB?
A Bootable USB or USB booting is the process of using an external USB drive to load a computer operating system. A common use for this is troubleshooting a faulty or virus ridden machine, You could also boot into other operating systems such as OpenElec for Media Streaming or Lakka for an old school gaming experience. Some of these apps are more powerful than others. While some will do a-bit-for-bit copy, others create a full ISO of your running system. Some are Windows specific and others don’t care what platform you’re running. In the end, what’s important is that you use the tool that best suits your skills and needs.
You can download one of the tools below for imaging:
Rufus is a utility that helps format and create bootable USB flash drives, such as USB keys/pen-drives, memory sticks, etc.
It can be especially useful for cases where:
- you need to create USB installation media from bootable ISOs (Windows, Linux, UEFI, etc.)
- you need to work on a system that doesn’t have an OS installed
- you need to flash a BIOS or other firmware from DOS
- you want to run a low-level utility
Despite its small size, Rufus provides everything you need!