I wanted to install Windows on my other hard drive with Rufus by using Windows10 ISO and without using any external USB/CD/DVD.

So I plugged in the other drive to my motherboard and I can see the drive on my PC, as well as DiskManager.

However, Rufus doesn't show it..?

How to make Rufus show internal hard drives?

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    Try ALT+F in Rufus to enable fixed internal storage (hard drives).
    – Fanatique
    Jul 8, 2018 at 9:24
  • You want to install windows installation media to an internal hard drive? So you can install from it I presume?
    – rogerdpack
    Dec 26, 2022 at 19:49

2 Answers 2


Rufus dev here. If you REALLY want to try to play with internal drives, there is a non-publicized cheat mode (Ctrl-Alt-F -- be mindful that this is not the same as Alt-F) that may list internal drives, such as SATA and so on, provided they have been set as REMOVABLE by your BIOS or UEFI firmware. For instance, this cheat mode should let Rufus list properly configured eSATA drives, that you may have plugged into your motherboard.

Of course, if you use this UNSUPPORTED cheat mode, you are 100% on your own.

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    thanks for your answer. What's the difference between CTRL ALT F and ALT F? Oct 23, 2021 at 10:25
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    Ctrl-Alt-F may be able to list internal SATA drives, IF they are seen by Windows as eSATA/removable drives. On the other hand, Alt-F will only list USB devices.
    – Akeo
    Oct 24, 2021 at 21:53
  • Wish it listed internal fixed drives... :)
    – rogerdpack
    Dec 26, 2022 at 20:22

Actually, Rufus developers don't have a plan to support Internal Hard Drives. do you plan to support internal HDDs SSDs?.
To install windows from internal HD you can use:
Yumi Multiboot UEFI if you have (Secret boot / GPT disk / UEFI).
or Universal USB Installer if you have an MBR hard disk.

  • Yes, YUMI works.
    – Alex78191
    May 26, 2019 at 16:15
  • What about UTmake?
    – Alex78191
    May 26, 2019 at 17:31

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