In this tutorial, we will show you how to make a fully functional bootable USB drive. A USB drive is great to use as a storage device. It is also an excellent way to use it as a bootable device. You can even use a USB drive to run a Live OS. But learning how to make a bootable USB drive can be a little bit tricky. But don’t worry because we are going to show you how to do that. For this, we need special software because we can not make a bootable USB simply by copying an ISO file to a USB. Rufus is a utility that enables you to make bootable USB drives easily. When compared to other softwares in the same category, Rufus is very lightweight and fast.
It also has a very simple UI that is very easy to use and at the same time offers many useful features. Rufus is an open-source software. It is licensed under GNU GPL3 and the source code is available to the public. Rufus can be useful when you need to create a bootable USB from an ISO file. Rufus is only compatible with Windows and therefore in order for it to work, you have to use it on a computer that has Windows. Rufus also can update your BIOS firmware. It also supports many types of image files. If you need it can also install boot loaders like GRUB and SYSLINUX. In addition, it can compute MD5, SHA-1 and SHA-256 hashes.
With Rufus, creating a USB drive is super easy. All you have to is just follow a few simple steps. To create a bootable USB, in addition to the Rufus software, you need a bootable CD or DVD or a USB flash drive. When selecting the USB flash drive, make sure that it has at least 16 GB of storage.
You can use Rufus to install almost any operating system. But if you are planning to make a bootable USB for an Apple computer, keep in mind that, only Intel-powered Apple computers support booting using USB drives. If you have an Apple computer, you can use Etcher an alternative. Rufus comes as a portable software. It allows you to configure the partition scheme, file system, cluster size, and the type of boot it will create. Once the ISO file is selected, it is as simple as selecting the ‘Start' button. If we are going to install the operating system on machines with UEFI and GPT partitions, Rufus is highly recommended.