rufus- create bootable usb drives

Rufus builds bootable USB drives from ISO images

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Rufus is a tiny windows application that allows you to quickly and easily create bootable USB drives from ISO images. The file size of the program is just 1.1MB, moreover, it’s portable.

Instead of optical discs which are prone to wear and tear, its best to have an operating systems installer (windows or rescue discs) on Pen drives/thumb drives. Also, these memory sticks are easy to carry and useful if your system doesn’t have a CD/DVD drive.

Rufus is a standalone application, which means it doesn’t need installation and you can work with the program straight away.

Just launch the app by double-clicking the thumb drive icon.

Rufus 3.9

Getting started with the program is simple, the app automatically detects your USB drive and to create a bootable USB drive, you need to select the ISO image by clicking the ‘CD Drive’ icon, then go ahead to hit the ‘Start’ button.

The utility supports all types of bootable ISOs. Rufus will format the drive and creates bootable USB windows installer or Linux from the bootable ISO image you selected.

The program supports both MBR and GPT partition scheme for UEFI, file system options include: FAT32, NTFS, UDF, and exFAT.

The application lets you change cluster size, volume label and the program even allows you to check the device for bad blocks, and select the algorithm type.

Despite its small size, Rufus provides everything you need. 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

 

To know more details and to download the application visit the developer page.

 

Update[21/02/2020]:

After a long time, the Rufus application received an update, now the version 3.9 (3.9.1622) is available at https://rufus.ie/downloads/.

This a beta version with fixes and improvements.

Changes in Rufus 3.9.1622

  • Support for exFAT when creating empty UEFI: NTFS drives added [EXPERIMENTAL]
  • Correction of ext2 / ext3 corruption for partitions larger than 4 GB
  • Correction: First boot files cannot be used on compressed NTFS partitions
  • Corrected writing of compressed streams that do not end at the sector boundary
  • Fixes that the percentage is not displayed when formatting slowly
  • Improved file pre-allocation and faster ISO extraction
  • Improved speed of ex2 / ext3 formatting
  • Improved MBR protection message for GPT partitioned drives
  • Improved notification of Syslinux / GRUB download errors
  • Improved information about the partition types and the Windows version
  • Display of the use of symbolic UDF links
  • Embedded Syslinux updated to 6.04-pre1.