Steps For Vista and Windows 7 Users
Following the steps below will turn your USB drive into bootable media:
1. Connect your USB drive (4GB preferable) to your computer and backup its content as we’re going to format the drive to make it bootable.
2. Open Command Prompt with administrative rights. To do this, press Win key+R, enter “cmd" in the search field and press Ctrl+Shift+Enter.
3. When the command prompt window opens, enter the following commands, in the same order as shown here:
- a. DISKPART (Enter)
- b. LIST DISK (Enter)
The LIST DISK command will show you the drive number of your USB drive. Note down this number as you will need it in the next step.
4. Now you need to enter the following commands in the command prompt.
a. SELECT DISK your-USB- drive-no (e.g. SELECT DISK 2)
- b. CLEAN
- c. CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY
- d. SELECT PARTITION 1
- e. ACTIVE
f. FORMAT FS=NTFS (We are making NTFS partition; you can also enter FAT or FAT32 here).
Note: Your USB drive is being formatted now, the process will take a few seconds).
- g. ASSIGN
Do not close your command prompt as we will need to execute one more command in the next step.
5. Insert your Windows disc in the CD/DVD drive and note the drive letter of the disc drive and the USB drive.
Note: For illustration, I will use letter ‘E’ for disc drive and letter ‘G’ for USB drive.
6. Go back to command prompt and enter the following commands, one by one.
- a. E:CD BOOT (Enter)
- b. CD BOOT (Enter)
- c. BOOTSECT.EXE/NT60 G: (Enter)
7. Close the command prompt and copy all of the Windows Vista/7 disc content to your USB drive.
That's how to make your Jump drive bootable. You can now use this USB drive as a bootable disc on any PC that supports the USB boot feature.