Being farsighted in this life is priceless and one of the reasons why we can be so is precisely our computer serving as Rufus, to create a boot disk.
It has happened to many of us, with the number of years that we have been using Windows, having some problem when starting the system and that has forced us to an external boot.
Well then, one of the simplest and best behaved ways to achieve this need and be always prepared before a problem that forces us to an external boot of the operating system.
We are going to discover what Rufus is, what its purpose is and how we can use it so that it is extremely effective if the time comes to use it.
How to create a boot disk with Rufus, step by step:
What is Rufus?
Rufus was born in 2011 as a modern open source replacement for the HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool for windowswhich was mainly used to create DOS bootable USB flash drives.
launched the version 1.0.3 like the first stable, only being compatible with MS-DOS. From Rufus 1.1.0 compatibility was introduced for ISO and FreeDOS images.
He UEFI boot support was introduced with the version 1.3.2the localization came with 1.4.0 and for windows to go had to wait until 2.0.
Currently, it is compatible with Windows 10 and Windows 11 and is mainly used as tools to create a USB.
What is a bootable USB?
A bootable USB drive is any usb hardware device whose file systems have been reformatted to allow us to install a OS complete.
Something that we must be clear about is that on this boot disk we will not be able to store normal text, image, music or video files unless we reformat it again.
It is the best way to create a external boot system for the operating system, since telling the BIOS to first read a usb drive is very simple and it can also help us to maintain it in the face of possible future problems.
Obviously, before we can use it, the first thing we are going to do is install Rufus to get a bootable USB.
The installation is extremely simple and we just have to go to the official website of the tool, to then go down until we find the section Discharge.
As you will see, you can download Rufus in the normal way or opt for the portable version if you want to take Rufus from one place to another. This is already a personal choice of each one.
We click on the EXE file that has been saved in our storage, it will ask us if we want allow to update onlinewe tell him that Yeahto immediately be inside the program.
How is it used?
The steps that we must follow so that Rufus creates a bootable USB drive are not complicated, although you can imagine the opposite. Before we begin we must make it clear that we assume that we already have the ISO file of the operating system (If you don’t have it, you can download your ISO from the official page, for example, here you can get the one for Windows 11).
You just have to do the following:
- We connect the USB drive, which must be at least 8 GB in capacity, to instantly see it in the top drop-down menu of Rufus and select it.
- On the menu boot choicewe must have marked Disk or ISO image (Please choose) and right next to it, we must click on Select (do not open the dropdown), locate the folder where we store the ISO file and select it.
- Now we can click Find out (the circled click icon) to check if the ISO image was previously tampered with.
- If there are no red flags, it means that the operating system/software edition is safe to use on our computer.
- Now click on the dropdown menu MBR selecting partition scheme.
- In System of destination we choose BIOS or UEFI. If you are trying to use this bootable USB drive on an older system, we select the Add fixes for older BIOS check box in the Advanced Properties section of the drive.
- In File Systems it should appear NTFSsince it is set by default.
- Now we click on the button Begin.
- In the following message, we select the recommended option Write in ISO image mode and click on the button Accept (if it appears on the screen).
- The moment the format starts, we will receive a warning that all data on the device will be destroyed.
- As soon as we click the button, Rufus will start creating the bootable USB drive. Depending on your USB drive, it may take a few seconds or minutes to complete the creation process.
- When it’s done, we’ll hear a completion sound and the progress bar will turn solid green.
- From the File Browser Windows 11 or Windows 10, we verify that the new drive has been created successfully.
As you can see, it is not difficult to manage Rufus as long as you follow the steps that we have shown you. It is a very simple and effective tool to create boot disks, it is also free.
Rufus will make it quite easy to create a boot disk for your computer.something that we may need at any time.