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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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creating a windows to go usb on ubuntu using rufus on wine

i install wine then download rufus portable and run it ith command "wine rufus.exe" and when rufus launchs i cant see any removable disks i tried formating the usb to nsft or whatever and ...
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How to burn a .bin image to a USB flash drive in Windows 7?

I’m running Windows 7 and have a .bin file that I need to burn to a USB flash drive. It’s the Chromebook recovery image for my HP Chromebook 14-q063cl. So, as far as i know, the dd command isn't ...
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Fully damaged USB stick with Rufus [duplicate]

I was flashing a Windows 7 ISO on a 64GB USB stick with Rufus. While copying files or formatting, it seemed that the stick was removing itself, but the problem is that in Disk Management it finds it ...
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USB cannot be accessed after using Rufus [duplicate]

I tried to install SteamOS Recovery on one of my USB. Half-way through I realized I made the stupidest beginner mistake---the USB size was too small. So I tried to cancel---only to crash Rufus, then ...
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Rufus Freedos doesnt work

Yo guys im trying to create a FreeDOS USB from Rufus. But when i do it it seems to not creating the full FreeDOS OS. No config.sys can be found and none of the DOS commands work except ''dir''. I have ...
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USB detected as a legacy boot device only

Windows 11 Pro installation USB flash drive is detected as a legacy boot device only When I open setup.exe, it shows this error: Use the other installation disc that says 64-bit. When you insert it, ...
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Does right-click Format option remove MBR from USB flash drive?

As I can understand, if we format a USB flash drive by Rufus and copy to the drive Windows ISO files by Rufus, later delete all the ISO files from the drive by Del key, the drive would be still ...
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Get menu.c32 error when installing esxi

When booting esxi on USB via rufus, I get a menu.c32 error, as far as I know, to fix this error, you have to select the yes option. But after this, I will encounter connection errors and failed ...
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Rufus Linux DD mode to Flash drive Normalization

NEED help, My primary language is not English, so here it goes: I already destroyed one of my flash drive Transcend Jetflash 790 32GB. GOT a replacement from the warranty. I'm trying to dual boot ...
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32 GB USB Capacity degrades to 5.5 KB Capacity

When I was trying to make bootable USB using Rufus it suddenly got stuck at a point. I was forced to end Rufus. When I look back to the capacity of USB got 5.5 KB. It doesn't get actual capacity even ...
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Use Rufus to create an image of a partition + restore this partition to disk on Windows

Can we use Rufus to save a local disk partition into an .img image file? Basically the Windows equivalent of: dd if=/dev/sda4 of=output.img Also can we use Rufus to write an image, not to a whole USB ...
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Why and how does Rufus use FAT32 for a bootable Linux ISO?

I never paid attention to this detail, and always thought that Rufus writes "the original ISO image" to the destination disk without changing anything. But today I noticed that when writing ...
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Rufus bricked my USB

About 2 days ago, I bought a 64 GB USB drive, and I wanted to try "Rectify11" so I downloaded the iso and opened Rufus, and selected the 64 GB USB drive, and 1 minute in, Rufus showed me an ...
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Windows 11 install with disable TPM and secureboot option for older computer

I try to install Windows11 pro on my old computer which is not meet the minimum requirements for windows 11. It does not have TPM (Trusted Platform Module). So, I try to install with Rufus 3.17 with ...
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can't Run rufus-3.17.exe on Linux Mint

I'm new in linux world and, trying to run rufus-3.17 on Linux mint but I keep on receiving error messages. when using : "wine rufus-3.17.exe" 0009:err:module:__wine_process_init L"C:\...
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Does Rufus use RAServer.exe?

I have used Rufus today to create a bootable Windows 10 USB drive. However, a program that creates logs on my PC showed two other programs were also executed about 15 seconds after Rufus started: vds....
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Why didn't Rufus become a multiload creation tool? [closed]

Why has Rufus not added support for adding bootable images to USB without subsequent re-formatting, such as Windows1, Windows2... or Windows1, Linux1...? Why didn't Rufus become a multiload creation ...
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My USB disk is running very slow

I was writing the Windows ISO file to my USB drive with Rufus but then I had to cancel the process. After canceling the process, the speed of my USB disk slowed down a lot. I tried every way I found ...
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Clarification on using Rufus to create a bootable live FreeDOS USB drive

I am attempting to use Rufus to make a USB flash drive bootable. However, try as I might, my system refuses to boot from it, although it once did (see below). I have made sure legacy boot mode is ...
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Rufus - Formatting interrupted by device going to sleep; now says invalid cluster size

Title gives a good summary, but here is a more verbose description: Background: I am using Windows 10 on a MacBook 2019 13" w/ TouchBar (removed macOS); the device typically "crashes" (...
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Can't boot past "press any key to boot USB" from windows 10 installation USB

The problem: My supposedly bootable win10 is visible in the boot menu. When I select it, it says press any key to boot USB... and that's as far as it goes. I'm left with an underscore blinking on the ...
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Brand new (FAKE) Samsung 32 GB USB flash drive destroyed trying to make a bootable Windows 11 installer using Rufus

So this is almost identical situation to the post below. USB totally damaged after used with Rufus Please have a look at that and do not ask me to try the suggestions given there as I have tried all ...
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Alpine Linux ISO put on USB Harddisk with rufus just boots through to installed OS

I am experimenting with replacing a USB-pen with a USB-harddisk as the boot media when installing Alpine Linux to get faster response time while developing an automated installer for older legacy PCs ...
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Does the MBR option from Rufus delete your data when installing Windows?

I'm trying to install a Windows on an old computer and for that I'm using Rufus to create a bootable USB. I used the defaults properties from Rufus and clicked start. This action was successfully made,...
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Rufus setting of "Standard Windows installation"

The Rufus USB bootable flasher, there is a setting of "Standard Windows Installation" when flashing a Windows OS, as red highlighted in attached image below: What does it actually do to the ...
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Less than 2GB OS ISOs not fitting on 2GB USB drives

This is something that has happened to me more than a few times and I finally decided to ask, as I cannot find any information on it. I was downloading two different Linux distros, each were ~1.8GB ....
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Create a bootable USB drive without using the entire drive

I'm trying to create a bootable USB drive using Rufus. My USB drive is a 64GB Sandisk that has around 40GB of files that I cannot transfer elsewhere. Can I somehow create a bootable USB using only the ...
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How do I make a bootable USB flash drive from a floppy disk image, and still make use of the full 32 GB?

When I format the flash drive with a image of MS-DOS and Windows 1.01, which is 1.44 MB, in Rufus 2.18 portable, the USB drive shows as 1.44 MB to match the floppy disk image. I am planning to add ...
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Windows XP Pro x64 will not complete installation via USB (can't find NT5INF.CAT)

I'm trying to install Windows XP Pro 64-bit to and older HP desktop where oddly, the AMD CPU isn't supported by Windows 7 x64 (and apparently, later versions of Windows Vista). I was using the Rufus ...
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Can Rufus destroy a USB flash drive so quickly?

I bought a USB flash drive a couple of weeks ago. Today when I tried to write with Rufus the USB drive it errored out saying there was a hardware failure and when I tried again it said the disk was ...
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How do I revert the image burning done on my pendrive using Rufus?

Recently, I burned an image of chromium OS into my 32 GB SanDisk pen drive. Now, I am unable to find my pen drive or any of its details in the file manager. I am on Windows 8.1, and wish to revert my ...
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Rufus rendered USB inoperable?

I just used Rufus 3.13.1730(Portable) to make a Windows 10 bootable USB for my secondary machine. I unfortunately didn't realize I had selected the wrong format (I think UEFI is the acronym?). When ...
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Blinking cursor/underscore on older computer when booting off Windows Installation USB Key prepared with the Windows Media Creation Tool

In attempting to install Windows 10 on a newly-installed SSD in an HP Pavilion DV9000 laptop, I created a Windows Installation USB Key using Ventoy and the Media Creation Tool. While I'm able to boot ...
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Partitioning nightmare with USB Windows installation

Finally able to boot from external USB using Rufus but only after I had formatted it using MBR-NFTS. However, now when I boot the .iso from my usb and try to install Windows I get an error saying &...
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Unable to boot Windows 10 USB created with Rufus

I've read this post I'm unable to boot my Windows 10 installer USB in UEFI mode? The Windows 10 .iso file was obtained via the Windows MediaCreationTool and selecting the ISO file option. These ...
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I think I might have bricked my USB using Rufus

Less than 3 months ago, I bought a 64 GB USB 3.1 drive made by Samsung for the sole purpose of either creating a Windows 10 to Go drive or running a portable Arch Linux (or other Linux distro) drive. ...
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Rufus accidently used on a hard disk, now a whole raid box has been wiped

This is possibly a question for Akeo, the author of Rufus. My problem is that I was using Rufus to format a USB drive, and I did something wrong. Now a whole ICY BOX RAID box (configured as RAID 5 ...
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Creating bootable usb of windows

I've been trying to create a bootable usb of windows 7 setup to do a clean installation on my laptop.I have a 32 GB Sandisk USB (3.0) and my hard drive is GPT. At first, I used Rufus in MBR partition ...
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Rufus V 3 and Kaspersky Bootable USB Flash Drive

I was using the latest Rufus - Version 3.11.1678, and Kaspersky - Rescue Disk 2018 - Build 2020.07.05 - Version 18.0.11.0 to create a Bootable Flash Drive. It has happened twice already that an un-...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...