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Creating Bootable Pen Drive Using Windows Command Prompt

Published on Dec 6, by in How To --> Windows, Windows.

Making a pen drive bootable is possible in Windows7 & Windows8 operating system. Formatting a computer to install fresh Windows OS with a CD/DVD drive is not very good because it takes too much time to install fresh Windows operating system. There can also be a problem for many people that CD/DVD drive doesn’t work properly. So this can be a problem for them. Today laptop or desktop comes many USB ports. So there is no need of CD/DVD drive to format a system. Formatting is very fast and easy with flash drive/pen drive and also no software is required for this method. Windows7 or Windows8 command prompt can do the work with few lines of command. Just follow this tutorial.

Start your command prompt.

 For windows7 users:

Go to “Start” button and click. Write “cmd” then cmd icon will appear on the top of the panel. (Fig.1)

Starting Windows CMD

Fig.1-Starting Windows CMD

“Right click” on the cmd icon and click “Run as administrator”. (Fig.2)

 

Running Command Prompt As Administrative

Fig.2-Running Command Prompt As Administrative

It will open the command prompt. (Fig.3)

Windows 7 CMD Window Pops Up

Fig.3-Windows 7 CMD Window Pops Up

For windows 8 users:

Press “Windows key” and press “c”. You will see the command prompt icon. “Right click” on the command prompt icon and click “Run as administrator” from the bottom bar. (Fig.4)

Windows 8 CMD Window Pops Up

Fig.4-Windows 8 CMD Window Pops Up

It will open the command prompt like in Fig.3

Now following steps are same for the windows7 and 8 OS.

Type “diskpart” inside the command prompt and hit “ENTER”. (Fig.5)

Type diskpart And Enter

Fig.5-Type diskpart And Enter

It will good before going to next step that you should disconnect all other external hard disk, flash/pen drive etc. because accidently these drive can be formatted. So taking precaution is good. Only one pen drive with minimum 4 GB should be connected. Save all the data from the pen drive because it will be formatted in one of the following step.

After last step type “list disk” inside the command prompt and hit “ENTER”. (Fig.6)

Type list Disk And Enter

Fig.6-Type list Disk And Enter

This will show all disk connected to the system like DISK 0, Disk 1, and so on with “Status”, “Size” , “Free” etc.. We can recognize the pen drive with size. Disk 0 will be the system disk in which the windows OS is installed. In this tutorial Disk 1 is the pen drive (3855MB=4GB). This pen drive is going to be a bootable pen drive.

Type “select disk 1” inside the command prompt and hit “ENTER”. It will select the disk 1 (pen drive) for all coming steps. (Fig.7)

 

Type select Disk 1 And Enter

Fig.7-Type select Disk 1 And Enter

Type “clean” and hit “ENTER”. It will erase all the data from the pen drive. (Fig.8)

Type clean And Enter

Fig.8-Type clean And Enter

Type “create partition primary” and hit “ENTER”. It will create a primary partition in pen drive. (Fig.9)

Type create partition primary And Enter

Fig.9-Type create partition primary And Enter

Type “select partition 1” and hit “ENTER”. It will select the partition created in the last step. (Fig.10)

Type select partition 1 And Enter

Fig.10-Type select partition 1 And Enter

Type “format fs = ntfs quick” and hit “ENTER”. It will format the pen drive quickly with NTFS file type. (Fig.11)

Type format=fs quick And Enter

Fig.11-Type format fs=ntfs quick And Enter

Type “active” and hit “ENTER”. It will make partition as active for booting after restarting the computer. If this step is missed then computer will not boot from the pen drive. (Fig.12)

Type active And Enter

Fig.12-Type active And Enter

Type “exit ” and hit “ENTER” to close the diskpart and close the command prompt window. (Fig.13)

 

Type exit And Enter

Fig.13-Type exit And Enter

Now the pen drive has become bootable. Now all the files from root of Windows operating system setup DVD or ISO has to copy inside the pen drive root.

So open the Windows setup file from DVD or ISO and copy all file by selecting with “Ctrl+A” and paste it inside the pen drive’s root folder as shown in the figure. (Fig.14)

Copying All Files And Pasting It

Fig.14-Copying All Files And Pasting It

After complete copy, the pen drive will be a bootable for Windows 7 and Windows 8 OS completely. You just need to “Restart” your computer. “Restart” your computer. When BIOS screen appears then press “F12” key. It will show the options to boot from CD/DVD drive, hard disk and pen drive. Just scroll down to pen drive and hit “Enter”. Your system will boot from pen drive. Now you can install windows OS.

That’s it.

Enjoy…

180 Responses

  1. palash mairal

    Sir, no doubt you solved the problem of formatting the usb drives using cmd…. So a big thanks to you.
    But I need one more favor from you that is my laptop is not starting showing windows boot manager error “windows was not able to start……………” Please HELP me out for this….
    Thanking You

    • Sam

      This can be copy and paste problem of the os files in root of pen drive or ‘active’ step is missed by you during cmd commands. So try again..

  2. Santhosh

    Thanx a lot man its working
    wow! such a nice website.

  3. vipin kushwaha

    sir gi paindrive bootable krni hai

  4. Mrinal

    Thanks…

  5. Aminul islam

    It is very use full idea .
    Thank you……..

  6. amityadav

    I like this step

  7. kkk

    how can i boot my pendrive from windows to run linux….is it possible without using any tools….
    please reply to this

  8. prashant

    plz dont play with ur pendrive by doing this. And sir before writing anything u should apply in ur pendrive.

  9. thiyagaraj

    nice it’s working

  10. akil

    my pendrive is not workink ples helpme
    try disk manegment but formmat no objition
    ples rpley fast

  11. jeet

    thnks a lot sir.. it is very useful to us… :)

  12. jeet

    thnks a lot sir.. it is very useful to us..us :)

  13. prince

    thaNkss

  14. Jainam

    How to reset the changes that I had done to make my pendrive bootable? I want to use my pendrive as a non-bootable one now! Please suggest a solution.

    • Jainam

      actually, I want to undo all the changes.. as my pendrive is not responding. Whenever I insert the pendrive into usbport, It just says “Please insert a disk into Removable Disk (F:)”. Help urgently required!!

      • Sam

        You can format your pen drive via right click on the pen drive from my computer window or go to disk management, right click on pen drive and select format option. It will format your pen drive. Probably this will resolve your problem.
        Note: Have attention during selecting pen drive in disk management window. Be sure that you have selected right pen drive, if selection is wrong than it can format your other hard disk partition in system. You can follow one post “How To Create a Partition Using Window 7 Device Manager” disk management window..

    • Sam

      Simple format your pen drive….

  15. ram

    i copied iso file but showing bootmgr is missing

  16. Bwin

    BOOTMGR is missing…
    Please tell me what to do next??

    • Sam

      This is the copy and paste problem of the windows file from windows setup dvd in the pen drive. U have to copy all the file from the dvd by ctrl+A and copy, then paste files in the root folder of the pen drive. Hope so it will resolve the problem..

  17. Bwin

    BOOTMRG is Missing…
    please tell what to do next???

  18. vishal soni

    It’s not working properly

    I lost my pandrive

    • Sam

      I have replied on same issue before. This happens when a letter is not assigned to ur pendrive. So just follow steps replied in one of the comment below..

  19. Hemraj

    Thanx alot man its realy work thank again… :)

  20. megha

    it is showing “BOOTMGR is missing”

    plz help me what to do????

  21. shan ghosh

    boot file missing after everything…pls plss pls help me

    • Sam

      u have to copy and paste all window file from root folder of your windows 7 or 8 setup to the root folder of the pen drive.I think this will solve your problem.

  22. shan ghosh

    create pen drive bootable than copy file from disk.when run from pen drive than show me boot file missing…pls pls help.me….

  23. kuldeep

    thanx a lot

  24. santosh

    i am tried this,it also done
    but my pendrive location is not shown
    in my computer.
    plz help me … i am in worry
    os-:dos
    with windows 8.1

  25. pandey rakesh r

    its fantastic method or process to make pan drive bootable . thanks for suggest me …..

  26. Rohit Chauhan

    Really Its Awesome

    Thanks

  27. HAMMAD SUBHANI

    ITS THE MOST EASIEST METHOD TO MAKE PEN DRIVE BOOTABLE THKS

  28. Abby Sen

    Thanks a lot…..

  29. priyank

    are these steps same for making bootable windows XP too.
    or some extra commands r needed to make windows XP bootable pendrive.

  30. jd

    after all the process
    showing an error “BOOTMGR is missing

    what to do what is the error ?

  31. Abayuko

    It worked perfectly. Very well than I had thought. Keep it up. Blessed!

  32. Selvakarthick

    Thanks buddy

  33. satish vishwakarma

    thanks……..!! very nice trick…..!!!

  34. shruti

    SIMPLY THE BEST…!!!Thank you so much.

  35. Devendra Bhat

    thnx buddy

  36. MohammedFarman

    Thank u so much buddy for great info

  37. RENCYGEORGE

    very very usefull guide , thanks a lot

  38. Mohamad reza Asadi

    thaaaank u very very much

  39. avinash

    really helpful ,………….thnks

  40. sumit sah

    1 no. manas

  41. Arif Mohammad

    Thanks a lot I learning for you so thankful you

  42. Amol Nikate

    Thank you very much.

  43. churchill

    hello pls wen i type de listdisk it doesnt give me wat u have displayed wat can i do to make it work. pls help me out am stack. thank u

  44. samir

    thank you,nice guiding of step by step creating bootable pendrive of win 7 or 8.

  45. sumit

    gr8 work done…. thanks a lot!

  46. sharwan gupta

    very nice bro

  47. durgesh

    thanx

  48. krish batheja

    thanks dude it work good

  49. Siddharth

    Hii,

    It good one but if your still having any problem then you can refer to the below link as i have found it while searching the same topic.

  50. Sujay biswas

    Its realy works….

  51. martin nyamilandu

    Thanks dude, the pictorial presentation makes it so soo simple to follow.

  52. kk

    good it is very easy process

  53. masum

    My hard drive is not showing.is it formated?

  54. shubham

    ossom
    very helpful

  55. RajAbhishek Jaiswal

    Thanx it is so gooooooood

  56. dhana

    thanks for your help…

  57. Animesh Pandey

    Thanks a ton.It was a great help…Really..

  58. rhitam agrawal

    i dont have a dvd/cd please can u help me.

  59. Ton

    Hello… please …can you help me i want you save window 7 and window 8 in one usb drive 32 gb to use bootable drive .. It is possible… Thank you

  60. John Carter

    good jod …….
    thank u ……

  61. rajat

    thanks sir

  62. sispal singh

    Dear Sir,
    You Live Longh Life for a better help in computers and aal technicals

  63. Arindam

    hey…there’s a bit problem…can I paste an .iso file in the pen drive…and will it still work and would I be able to install Windows from it…?

  64. dhiraj

    thanks its works,

  65. Eric Nkurunziza

    This helped so much….Murakoze “Thanks”

  66. Sirdick

    Did this worked for somebody without THIS COMMAND

    Assuming DVD(Window 7 = D)

    Pen DRIVE = F:)
    E:/BOOT/BOOTSECT.EXE /NT60 F:

  67. s ahmed

    thanks for suggest

  68. raj

    thanks friend. very nice method………

  69. aatif

    Thanks dude…

  70. sahin reja

    very nice post ami a ta chy6lam

  71. shaneel

    plizz do send me a pdf copy showing how to make a usb flash drive bootable, using cmd command

  72. sumit

    thanx

  73. gibs

    pureyalla

  74. hardik

    thanks yo man i love this method very easy love u

  75. Mahesh

    Explained superbly :)
    Guys, But if you want to visualize these things than you can check below video link.
    Hope this also helps you:)

    http://youtu.be/mT24TtxplQg

  76. Rohit Gupta

    Thanks….it works correctelly

  77. karthik

    thanks…..

  78. anonymous

    Aftr executing evry stp till exit…..my pendrive is not showing up in my computer…
    Rply asap

    • gaurav

      After completing the steps..
      My pendrive icon is not visible in
      mycomputer please help me….

      • Praveen Kumar

        You have assign the drive latter and paths from computer management -> disk management.

  79. raj

    how to extract the file after copying them in pendrive. And what is root folder…..

    • Sam

      After copying files from windows os files from your OS dvd/cd u just need to paste the os files into your pen drive. Extraction is only needed when your os file is in ISO or RAR format. Root folder is a folder when u open your pen drive from my computer window. See fig. 14. Root folder is shown as “Computer>Removable Disk(L):” in fig. 14….

  80. Ajay Verma

    it’s very bindas

    • Life

      Oh! great, nice and excellent tips. Really, it’s helpfull for me as like as others.

  81. prince

    Very useful…

  82. Rahul Ranjan

    i like this thankkkkkkkk you…………….

  83. Vicky bee

    That is very useful thanks dude

  84. james camarao

    error loading system what could be wrong?

  85. kishore

    thank u so much its very usefull

  86. Vikranth

    After completing the steps.. My pendrive icon is not visible in mycomputer please help me…. But I did the manual booting steps in Windows powershell..

  87. bhuvnesh

    there is no root folder in the pen drive though i have followed all above steps

    • Sam

      Root folder means that when you open your pen drive by double clicking pen drive icon from “Computer” window.

  88. sonu kumar

    thank you for help
    Than You

  89. sonu kumar

    Thak You for Help..

    Thank You

  90. sonu kumar

    thank for the help

    thank you………

  91. kundan

    thanks for illustration

  92. sammi

    thanks :)

  93. Roman Bhandari

    thanks for ur help.its so easy to understand.

  94. ayif daytona

    nice info….keep posting

  95. Wasib

    Which are the files used for booting , just like bootmgr,autorun..etc?

  96. karthi

    it is very useful.

    • Tabish

      It is working nicely if each and every steps are followed accordingly and every thing is in your favour.Firstly it was not working I was stuck. then I changed my pendrive it started working nicely.

  97. Nadav

    NOTE: NOTE: NOTE: YOU NEED TO TYPE ‘ASSIGN’ AFTER THE FORMAT, AND BEFORE YOU WRITE ‘ACTIVE’ IN DISK PART OR IT WILL HAVE NO DRIVE LETTER!!!

  98. Pulkit Pravin Rawat

    This is appropriate method, for making a USB drive Bootable. Thanks

  99. unik

    thanx…sam

  100. sundhar shan

    waste so not usefull

  101. shihab

    What if I want to install win xp?

  102. jiban jyoti mohapatra

    after doing this my pendrive became dead.

  103. Prashant Mishra

    It really works but do not copy the files into the Pen-Drive, use ISO image and then extract it into the Pen-Drive then it works not by simply copying it.

  104. Avinash khatri

    Thnks its esay and proper explain it work

  105. pintu poddar

    when i select boot from usb it shows “bootmgr is missing”. please help how can i get rid of it.

    • Sam

      after following all commands in command prompt , you have to properly copy all file(ctrl+A) from the root folder of windows os dvd and then paste it in the root folder of your pen drive.

  106. Arsh gill

    Superb explaination (y)

  107. Abhinav

    Thanks it’s Completed

  108. Madhu Sanjeev

    Thank you. It’s very helpful

  109. Raaz

    go to this link for easy to follow step by step video tutorial to make pendrive bootable
    : http://youtu.be/vBj7HvhYLFk

  110. Kaleshwar

    Thanks,
    it’s work very nice…….!

  111. Sattavan

    Your explanation is just awesome….step by step…I like this website.

  112. Basu

    In case it is not working, use- ”active” command first and then ”format fs=ntfs quick” command

  113. Theda

    These are genuinely enormous ideas in concerning blogging.

    You have touched some pleasant things here.

    Any way keep up wrinting.

  114. DEEPAK

    THANX..

  115. Amit Pandey

    I thanks to you ,you explained in simple way that is easy to understand

  116. manish patil

    its really helpful …thank you
    you explained it neatly , step by step…nice work keep it up dude….!

  117. suresh

    thank you for useful

  118. Ashish Makwana & Dixit Panchal

    Hi!
    I would like to say that its a very helpful and very awesome idea to make bootable pendrive.
    we thanks a lot to you and very very very very very thank u again…

  119. prathamesh

    it’s so crunchy trick to make pd bootable & a great thanks to u

  120. Mohit

    it is very very Useful For computr user
    thnx again tu help me

  121. pranabjyoti borah

    Very useful tips. Thanks..

  122. sant vish

    Very nice boss very good

  123. Umesh Chandra

    Hi,
    Very nice and easy to understand steps.
    Thanks.

  124. pradeep

    very good work by you dude

  125. Ashish sharma

    very helpful to boot the pd and
    thanks admin

  126. javed ali

    nice it is wonderful

  127. zafar

    simple and easy.. thank you :)

  128. nitin

    i want to make bootable pandrive for window 7 8 and xp All window in one pandrive tell me how i can. rep me on my mail

  129. Deependra Kushwaha

    This is really very useful thank you so much.

  130. gaurav kasera

    it is really good sir thank you very much for such a great idea!

  131. PARVEEN VERMA

    THANK YOU SO MUTCH DAILYTECHNOBLOG

  132. ravi gupta

    It`s very useful nice

    thank you
    admin

  133. NEERAJ SAINI

    NICE THOUGHT.. WORKING GOOD

  134. NEERAJ SAINI

    IT IS A BEST IDEA WITHOUT ANY SOFTWARE. IT IS ONLY FOR WIN 7 & WIN 8 .. GIVE SOME THOUGHT FOR XP LIKE ABOVE.

    THANKS

  135. SHAISHAV

    NICE WORK AMZING

  136. chitti

    nice thank you boss

  137. roshan

    it is very use full thank u admin

  138. barath

    it is very use full
    Thank you!!

  139. Saurabh

    It does not work……i have tried it more than 5 times..Is there any other way to make a Pen Drive BOOTABLE

  140. jagadeesh

    very nice post

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