Saturday, March 3, 2012

Create bootable USB drive an easy way with Rufus

One of the memory cards for my mobile phone started to “show up”. Intermittent data transfer errors and phone operation frequent interruptions forced me to replace the card.

After the replacement, I started investigation on the faulty unit. Roughly, there are two reasons for the card malfunction: hardware and software (formatting). If the hardware is impacted, there is not much we can do. If format is affected, the card can be easily reformatted.

However, Windows built-in formatting utility was not able to perform the formatting of my poor memory card. At this point I have searched for the suitable software. And here, Rufus came to the spotlight. Rufus is a small utility that helps format and create bootable USB flash drives, such as USB keys, pen drives, memory sticks, etc.

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It can be especially useful for cases where:
* You need to create USB installation media from bootable ISOs (Windows, Linux, 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 you with everything you need!

Developers’ website:

Two versions of Rufus to download are provided for your convenience: one with FreeDOS support and one without.

Software is absolutely portable. Once downloaded, the application is ready to use — no installation or other files are necessary.


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