Rufus is a fast, Error-free small utility that helps format and creates 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, etc.), to work on a system that doesn’t have an OS installed, to flash a BIOS or other firmware from DOS, and to run a low-level utility.
If you create a DOS bootable drive and use a non-US keyboard, Rufus Windows 10 will attempt to select a keyboard layout according to the locale of your system. In that case, FreeDOS, which is the default selection, is recommended over MS-DOS, as it supports more keyboard layouts. Rufus Free Download Latest Version for Windows PC. It is a full offline setup installer of the software.
An ISO image creator from a physical disc or from a set of files is very easy to do however, through the use of a CD burning application, such as the freely available CDBurnerXP or BurnAware.
Rufus USB can work with the following* ISOs: Arch Linux, Archbang, BartPE/pebuilder, CentOS, Damn Small Linux, Fedora, FreeDOS, Gentoo, gNewSense, Hiren’s Boot CD, LiveXP, Knoppix, Kubuntu, Linux Mint, NT Password Registry Editor, OpenSUSE, Parted Magic, Slackware, Tails, Trinity Rescue Kit, Ubuntu, Ultimate Boot CD, Windows XP (SP2 or later), Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.
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
Rufus Bootable USB Flash Drives Feature
- It is primarily used to create a bootable DVD drive and USB installation media using flash drives in the absence of real DVDs. The software configures and programs Flash drives to run like discs with images for installation.
- This is typically useful for the creation of USB installation media from bootable ISOs, for running low-level utility or for working atop a system that does not have a specific OS installed. Rufus can create bootable media from Windows, UEFI, Linux and much more. The software also works great for flashing BIOS and other DOS-based firmware.
- In simpler terms, Rufus can be used to create and store a fresh copy of your Windows 10 ISO file on a flash drive should the need for re-installation arise or installation on several PCs without having to re-download the ISO file. Rufus works great when updating motherboard firmware or for running bootable applications or creating bootable ISO of Apple’s macOS High Sierra.
- It also supports both GPT and UEFI boot systems and now comes with some extra hacks and advanced format options that can help your drive be compatible and recognizable by older PCs. More often than not, however, you will hardly use this feature.
- There are a handful of customizable options apart from changing the file system type. For instance, you can edit the volume label, disable quick format or enable disk checking on the USB drive to scan for bad blocks. The advanced options allow for manipulation of cluster size and partition scheme.
- Depending on the ISO file and how Rufus loads it, there may be additional features and options. For example, selecting a Windows installation ISO, you may be prompted to create a Windows installation disk or setup Windows to Go.
- It is important to state that any of the devices you aim to use with Rufus for any process whatsoever will be formatted during the process. This means that all the content on the USB drive will be permanently erased. A handy feature in Rufus is the fact that only removable drives are listed under the available devices so you don’t mistakenly format any of your fixed drives.
- Fix regression where some ISOs (Debian) would produce a Syslinux error when booting in BIOS mode
- Fix potential 0xC0030057 errors when trying to create a persistent partition on a non-FIXED drive
- Finalize persistent partition support for Debian and Ubuntu:
Debian with persistence should work out of the box with any recent Debian Live ISO.
Ubuntu with persistence should also work IF using a post 2019.08.01 ISO (such as daily-live).
Note that, because of bug #1489855, trying to use persistence with Ubuntu ISOs that were released before August 2019 will only result in rescue mode during boot – You have been warned!
- Other distros may work with persistence as long as they use a Debian-like or Ubuntu-like method, and, in the case of Ubuntu-like if they use Casper with the #1489855 bugfix.
- Add cheat mode (Alt) to switch between percent/speed/ETA on some operations [EXPERIMENTAL]
- Report SuperSpeed+ devices in the log (Come on USB-IF, just add “Ludicrous Speed” already!)
- Fix UI checkboxes (Extended label, Fixes for old BIOSes) being cleared on START
- Fix Can’t mount GUID volume regression when creating Windows To Go drives
- Fix Volume label is an invalid error with empty labels on Windows 7
- Fix stale progress bar during standalone ext2/ext3 formatting
- Fix an extraction failure with R-Drive Image bootable ISOs
- Fix ISO Image burner problem
- Disable ISO mode for Pop!_OS
- Other cosmetic and internal improvements
Step1: Place a checkmark next to “List USB Hard Drives” in Rufus if the program fails to detect your USB drive. Some USB drives may not be compatible with Rufus.
- Click on the arrow next to “Format Options” to access the advanced options panel in Rufus.
Step2: Try using another USB flash drive if you receive the message, “Device eliminated because it appears to contain no media” when using Rufus. This error normally indicates that the USB drive is no longer able to detect memory, or is out of rewrites.
Step3: Try re-enabling automounting on your computer if you receive the message, “Error: [0x00000015] The device is not ready.” This error may occur if you previously disabled automounting.
- Type “cmd” into the search box in Start or Windows Explorer.
- Right-click on “cmd.exe,” then select “Run as administrator.”
- Type “mountvol /e” into the dialog box, then press “Enter.”
- Close the command prompt window, then try using Rufus again.
Pros & Cons
||Only 1 ISO a time
|Multiple platform support (Windows, Linux, UEFI)
|Various disk, format and partition options
||Rufus windows 10
In conclusion, Rufus Bootable USB Flash Drive for Windows 10 is a very handy software that efficiently performs all ISO and USB bootable functions. It can easily be trouble shooted and virus-free. The software is portable and comparatively faster than other bootable disk utilities out there.
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