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How To: Check if My USB Flash Drive is Bootable?

The following article will explain how to check your USB flash drive for if it’s bootable. There is no software needed, no download, just a couple of simple commands in your Windows 10 operating system.

A master boot record (MBR) is a special type of boot sector at the very beginning of a partition storage device like a fixed disk (hard drive) or removable drive (USB thumb drive). The MBR contains executable code to function as a loader for the installed operating system. This loader turns over the functions of the hardware (mother board bios) and passes that loading responsibility off to the operating system (Windows).

This is how you check if your USB is bootable, or not:

First, please have only the one USB stick connected which you want to check if it’s bootable. It’s not required to do this, but will my the instructions below a bit easier to follow, that’s all.

Using the Windows search function copy and paste this into the search field and click Enter

compmgmt.msc

The screen shot below will pop up after you click Enter. Using the image as a reference, select “Disk Management” under the “Storage” folder“. In the middle of the dialogue box you will see the drive letter associated with your USB flash drive. In the middle of the box you will probably see the USB listed two different times. The top portion of the box, the USB will be listed along with other devices, like your hard drive and optical drive. The bottom portion of the box, the USB will be shown as “Removable

Once you’ve determined which drive letter is your USB drive, you may Right Click on the drive letter and select Properties.

A Properties dialogue box appears giving you the option to select any one of the devices show in the previous window (the Disk Management window). From this dialogue box, click the Hardware tab and select the “Mass Storage USB Device” by a single click. Then click the Properties button at the bottom.

The last dialogue box are the Properties of your specific flash drive.

Click the Volumes tab at the top, you then must click “Populate” to get the device information. . The “Partition Style” will read either Master Boot Record (MBR) or the field will be empty.

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How To: Make Bootable USB For Any Windows OS

GetUSB.info has reported on making a bootable USB with nt60 boot sector, and here is another post about bootable USB, but this time for making the boot device for any Windows OS…or should I say from any Windows OS. WinToFlash is a slick little tool I came across which allows you to make a bootable USB from any source Windows installation CD or DVD. WinToFlash will slurp out the boot sectors required to make a bootable USB from your source CD or DVD.  Simply pop in the Windows disk, get a 4GB stick [8GB is better] that can read/write faster than a promo give-away drive, and run WinToFlash. Here is a list of items you can perform using WinToFlash for bootable USB devices: Continue Reading

Windows 7 Offers Direct Download For Bootable USB Recovery Drive

There is no doubt Netbooks are becoming more and more popular.  The problem with Netbooks if your computer goes south, no optical drive is available to restore your computer.  You either have to A) buy an optical drive, burn a bootable backup or B) call the manufacturer and request a disc.

Windows 7 usb recovery

Windows 7 is addressing this process with the option to burn a bootable USB stick with your on-line purchase.  Well, at least that’s the rumor.
“The ‘Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool’ is used when you buy a down-loadable version of the software from Microsoft’s online store. During the download process, buyers are given the option of creating a bootable USB stick or burning a DVD.”
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How To: Create USB Stick with nt60 Boot Sector

USB Tutorial:  How to create a bootable USB stick with the specific nt60 book sector required for Microsoft Vista.

Before we begin the USB tutorial on nt60 boot sector you’ll need to review the check list of items needed before you start.  Chances are, if you find yourself searching for this tutorial, you already have everything needed to make a USB bootable with nt60 boot sector.

  • 4GB flash drive will do the trick
  • Your Vista installation disk
  • Set BIOS to boot from a USB device

When selecting your flash drive be sure there is nothing you need on the device as this process to create a nt60 boot sector will clean the drive of all data.

  1. Put your Vista disk into the optical drive, if the autorun starts, close it all down and exit without performing any tasks.
  2. Plug in your USB stick which you want to make bootable with nt60.
  3. Open into the Command prompt.  [you will need Admin rights]
  4. Type ‘diskpart‘ and press Enter
    USB nt60
  5. Now type ‘list disk‘ and press Enter  All the storage devices connected to your computer will be displayed, make sure the size of the Disk you plan to select is the USB flash drive you intend to use!
    USB nt60 boot sector
  6. Now type ‘select disk [number here]‘  In this example I typed
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