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For questions about using the Rufus Windows application that helps format and create bootable USB flash drives of Windows and many Linux distributions.

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Why will memtest86 USB SD Card Reader not boot?

Steps taken: Installed memtest86-4.3.7-usb.img.zip (from https://www.memtest86.com/download.htm) Ran imageUSB.exe from inside that archive. Created memtest86 bootable image onto 2GB microSD card ...
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Black screen with colored dots when trying to boot from USB using rufus GPT partition on my laptop eMMC

as I mentioned in the title, I'm trying to install Windows 10 on my DELL Inspirion 14 which only has a 32Gb eMMC (no HDD). I have been reading a lot of articles saying that I should run rufus with ...
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After making USB drive bootable through Rufus, my USB isn't working, even I tried the CMD method

In the CMD method I typed disk, then disklist but it doesn't show my USB in the list. Even This PC doesn't show my USB drive in the list. It is visible in Devices and Printers but the category show to ...
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windows 10 install usb stick that runs on Uefi and Bios systems

I know how to create a usb install stick with Rufus that works on either Uefi/GPT or on Bios/MFT Systems. But is there any way to create a Stick that supports both flavors at the same time?
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USB totally damaged after used with Rufus

Attempted to create a FreeDOS bootable drive with Rufus. The process failed and the drive was damaged. Software: Rufus 3.8p System: Windows 10 Enterprise 1709 x64 A lot of times when a similar ...
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How can I create a multiboot USB drive? i.e. one USB stick that can be booted to Windows, Linux, diagnostic tools, etc

I'm aware this can't be done with Rufus, and I've tried YUMI to no avail. I use several diagnostic tools on a regular basis (Hiren's Windows Boot CD, Lenovo utilities and a lightweight Linux OS) and ...
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Rufus 3.8 creating windows 7 iso [closed]

I am using rufus 3.8.1580 to create a windows 7 64 bit iso on a 16 gb flash drive. Do I go with the automatically selected options of rufus got and uefi (non csm) ETFs file type. Or do I change it to ...
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How to use rufus to create bootable usb(Sony 16GB) for WIndows 10 iso file(Win10_1909_English_x64.iso of 5.04GB size)?

Downloaded file Win10_1909_English_x64.iso Size of downloaded file - 5.04GB USB - Sony 16GB USB 2.0 (14.4GB available space) Downloaded Rufus 3.8.1580 Using diskpart and typing list disk shows there ...
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Create Bootable Windows USB

My friend's old laptop got a new hard drive, and we're having trouble installing Windows. The laptop is a Toshiba Satellite E45t-A4300 and originally ran Windows 8.1, but did not come with install ...
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How do I disable the “You need to format drive Z” popup on Windows 7?

I'm trying to use Rufus to create a bootable Windows 10 USB but every time it deletes the partitions Windows will popup with the You need to format drive Z:. This causes Rufus to fail as another ...
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Pen drive with Windows 7 won't boot (UEFI)

I'm having a serious problem and would like to know if someone could help me. Explaining everything: Few weeks ago I tried to format and install Windows 7 but couldn't because of some unknown reason,...
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USB 3 stick very slow after creating a bootable usb with Rufus

I created a bootable windows 10 usb with Rufus and when I didn't need windows on the usb anymore I reformated it back to defaults so I can use it as a normal usb like before, but now when copying ...
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Unable to boot Windows 10 installer in Legacy Mode

I've looked at countless questions and forums posts to no avail. I recently rebuilt my PC (new case and cooling), and in the process I formatted both SSDs in it through GParted Live to "msdos" (which ...
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Installing windows 10

Since I had gpt problem while formatting my laptop, I created bootable disk using RUFUS. I had 3.72 GB windows 10 iso, I selected the partition scheme as gpt, target system as uefi-non csm & file ...
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After Rufus Error: DiskPart says “No Media”

I used Rufus portable to create an ISO file for Windows 10. Midway through it suddenly stopped working and after that Windows couldn’t read my USB drive. It’s a 32gb USB flash drive. I looked up ways ...
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Create bootable usb with rufus on a pc with Bitlocker enabled

I want to create a w10 bootable usb from a pc with bitlocker enabled. Everytime I plug an usb drive pc asks me if I want to encrypt the drive etc. When I have tried to create a bootable I receive the ...
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cancel disk while extracting in rufus

recently i want to make a bootable disk for my flashdisk. I've done this ton of times, but today while doing so my flashdisk is ejecting by it self. Rufus is stuck at extracting so i cancel the ...
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Do software for creating Live Medias work whatever the CPU architecture of the target is?

So say with a software, you're flashing an image of Linux distro in a certain CPU architecture (say x86-32) to a USB drive & it's been know to work quite well. Then with the image of the same ...
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Getting Rufus to output to a disk image file

Basically, I require different Live USBs for different needs. I have a single USB drive & when I need to switch to another distro/OS, I simply flash this USB drive with the right boot attributes, ...
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How format ASUS UX431FN-AN00IT

How can i format ASUS Zenbook UX431FN-AN00IT. I want install Windows 10 PRO. I have tried with Rufus every configuration, but nothing. Won't start a windows installation. I have a ISO of Windows 10 ...
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Rufus crashes after deleting partitions when creating ubuntu boot disk

I have followed the guide from the Ubuntu website on creating a bootable USB from a Windows machine https://tutorials.ubuntu.com/tutorial/tutorial-create-a-usb-stick-on-windows#5 . Whenever i click ...
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USB drive is corrupted after i cancelled copying ISO in Rufus mid way. diskmgmt,diskpart freezes when inserting the pendrive

while copying ISO file to my USB drive, it took much longer time than usual so i cancelled the process mid-way. Now, my pendrive is not working. Tried typing diskpart while inserting pendrive, cmd ...
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Rufus gets interrupted by explorer.exe almost every time

Recently I've got a problem with making bootable USB sticks. When i want to write some OS (Windows or CentOS) image on USB stick with Rufus sometimes i get this kind of error: Chosen device is ...
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How to check whether the bootable one is MBR or GPT in the PenDrive?

I burned an ISO a long time back in a Pen Drive. How to check whether the burned one in the Pen Drive is MBR or GPT ? Is it possible to tell the partition scheme by the folder structure ? What ...
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Rufus dd mode partitioning issues

I'm trying to use Rufus to create a bootable USB drive to install Manjaro. I set it to dd mode like Manjaro's site says to do, but Rufus seems to be partitioning my drive incorrectly. I've tried a ...
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Rufus says that device is in use by Windows but it isn't listed in any Windows utilities

So, I was creating a bootable drive of Windows 10 using Rufus when I got some error like "Device is being used by windows blah blah blah" and the process failed. The device was not listed in ...
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Rufus Damaged my Pendrive

I was using Rufus (on Windows 10, Laptop) to create a bootable Windows 7 USB installer. Then bootable process has been completed successfully. But when I tried to boot it on another PC (Desktop) it ...
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How to update an ISO installed with Rufus?

I've installed an Ubuntu 17.04 ISO on my external hard drive with Rufus to make it bootable. After that, I've saved some data (pictures for example) on my drive as well. Now, can I override that ...
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Bootable External Hard Drive Windows 10 while have Files

It is possible my external hard drive to become bootable windows 10 while it have files like videos, music, document?
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Why does Rufus call a .vhd file a DD Image?

I've noticed that the latest version of Rufus comes with a potentially useful extra option: Create a disk image of the selected device. However, in the resulting dialogue I get this: Rufus seems to ...
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How do I disable Rufus' automatic partitioning of unallocated space?

I have a 64 GiB USB thumb drive I wish to partition into 4 GiB Linux distro + 60 GiB unallocated space. However, Rufus merges these two partitions when I try to create the bootable Linux distro on ...
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Rufus can't see my Kali .ISO

I have an Iso file on my desktop. I go to select this in Rufus to make a bootable drive and it doesn't see it's existence. It saw this very iso when it was in my D USB drive but I had to move it ...
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USB unresponsive after RUFUS failed to copy ISO

While trying to use RUFUS to install an UBUNTO ISO to my flash, and after 20 minutes, Rufus crashed. And now my USB is not detectable by windows 10, or any other device I put it in. I have tried ...
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Blank screen with blinking cursor while trying live usb install of Win 10

I had my laptop running on Windows 10 set for update and restart. While updating the system crashed and the blue screen waiting for restart came. When restarted the system goes to Windows automatic ...
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Alternative to Rufus for Windows Vista [closed]

Are there any alternative to Rufus which would work on Windows Vista? I need to make a Windows 8.1 bootable UEFI USB and a Windows 10 bootable UEFI USB. Thanks!
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Make Rufus show internal hard drives

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 ...
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Windows 10 Won't recognise My bootable USB

I recently created a bootable flash drive with Rufus to install Win 7 on a separate computer. It worked perfectly. However, when I put the same drive back into my laptop with Win 10 the system won't ...
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Read-only USB flash drive [duplicate]

Today i installed ISO on my USB through Rufus. At the end of unpacking progress it gave me a crash and now my USB is in read-only mode. I tried all ways on Windows and even something on live Ubuntu. ...
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Create bootable SD card with Rufus

When create bootable SD card with Rufus utility, should be always selected formatting card (by checking "Quick format" box), or it's possible write linux OS image (.img) without formatting SD card? ...
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Creating bootable Debian with Rufus: Unsupported image error

I want to make a bootable Debian flash drive. Seemed straightforward, something I did before with different distros and specialized tools. I grabbed the armhf image from here: https://cdimage....
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are any the bad blocks Rufus reports on USB drives actually false positives with special meaning?

I ask this because recently Rufus has been reporting most USB drives as having 256 errors. Brands that I would not expect to have high error rates: SanDisk, Lexar, etc. Or are the expected shortages ...
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Can't use/format the USB that been through Rufus and terminated in half

I'm facing an issue that is quite familiar with this one but I can't really find out a solution, I've tried diskpart and clean command and also clean and create partition primary but all can't work (...
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What version of MS-DOS does Rufus use to make bootable USBs?

Rufus allows for the creation of a bootable MS-DOS flash drive. It does this out of the box as an option without needing to specify an image or ISO. However, documentation on the tool is virtually ...
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How do I create a bootable flash drive running MS-DOS 6.22?

I'm trying to create a bootable USB for MS-DOS 6.22. I can't risk using FreeDOS or any other version of DOS because I'm working with a very niche utility that has the potential to break expensive ...
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Can't create bootable USB drive: Rufus hangs after writing MBR

I bought a PC without optical drive and there is no option to borrow it for a short time. So I am using Rufus to create a bootable USB stick. I have a 16Gb Toshiba USB drive. Using a Rufus's built-...
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flash drive no longer works after making it Ubuntu bootable using Rufus [duplicate]

Yesterday I made my flash drive Ubuntu bootable using Rufus. The operation of making it bootable was successful but when I ejected the flash drive from that computer it stopped working. It is not ...
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How to boot tablet from USB stick?

I have Modecom Freetab 8025 tablet with Windows, and want to reinstall the OS. I connected a USB stick using a USB - micro USB cable. When starting the tablet, I can press the ESC key on the external ...
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Formatting a retail Windows 10 USB key for personal use

UPDATE: It is indeed a read only flash disk. If someone knows of a way to make it write-able, I'm game to try it. Thanks all. I've come across a retail Windows 10 USB key from a friend who only ...
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Linux Mint will not boot up on my computer

I have a Razer Blade 2016 edition computer. I downloaded a Linux Mint ISO file, and used Rufus to make it a live file system on a USB. I load my computer's boot options by clicking F12 while the ...
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Unable to create bootable USB to mount kali linux iso image?

I want to dual boot kali linux. I'm mounting kali linux.iso to create a bootable USB with the help of Rufus. Rufus shows the following errors when i start the process. It asks for download some file ...