On this occasion, we will try to create a bootable USB drive manually without using any software. This method is sometimes necessary needed at any time. For example if we install in other places with limited equipment and facilities. I've experienced it when installing Windows at my friend's home. There has been no internet connection that can be used to download a program for making a bootable USB drive, because the laptop / netbook is still in new condition. Moreover, netbook does not have DVD tray, and I don't have an external DVD yet. The only way is through a bootable USB drive that I have made manually and was used my previous use.
How to Create a Bootable USB Drive Without Using Any Software.
Step by Step to Create a Bootable USB Drive Without Using Any Software.
- Insert your USB flash drive to your running computer. As the first step, we need to run Command Prompt as administrator. To do this, we need to find cmd by typing 'cmd' in the search box on Windows Start Menu. After search result for 'cmd' appears, right click on it and select "Run as administrator".
- Type 'diskpart' on Command Prompt (without quotes) and hit Enter. Wait for a while until the DISKPART program run.
- Type 'list disk' to view active disks on your computer and hit Enter. There would be seen that the active disks shown as Disk 0 for hard drive and Disk 1 for your USB flashdrive with its total capacity.
- Type 'select disk 1' to determine that disk 1 would be processed in the next step then hit Enter.
- Type 'clean' and hit Enter to remove all of data in the drive.
- Type 'create partition primary' and hit Enter. Creating a primary partition and further recognized by Windows as 'partition 1'.
- Type 'select partition 1' an hit Enter. Choosing the 'partition 1' for setting up it as an active partition.
- Type 'active' and hit Enter. Activating current partition.
- Type 'format fs=ntfs quick' and hit Enter. Formatting current partition as NTFS file system quickly.
- Type 'exit' and hit Enter. Leaving DISKPART program but don't close the Command Prompt instead. We would still need it for next process.
Creating Boot Sector.
Still on the Command Prompt program, now we will make the boot sector in the USB flash drive with the installation DVD as its source. Let us assume that the flash / USB drive is the D: drive and the DVD installer located on drive F :. The first step, we will navigate Command Prompt to set installation DVD as its active directory.
- By default, Command Prompt's active directory for Administrator permission is on C:\Windows\System32>. We will navigate Command Prompt to set on DVD (F:) as its active directory. Just type 'f:' then hit Enter, and the active directory changed to F:.
- Type 'cd boot' and hit Enter. Active directory changed to F:\boot>.
- Type 'bootsect /nt60 d:' and hit Enter. Creating boot sector on D: drive (USB flash drive).
- Type 'exit' and hit Enter to close the Command Prompt. Until this step we have made a bootable USB drive sucessfully, and the flash drive is ready to be used as a boot media.
Copying Installation Files.
To install Windows from a bootable USB drive, we just need to copy the whole installation files contained on the DVD installer to flash drive. To do this, open the Command Prompt as in previous steps. Once it opens, type 'xcopy f: \ *. * d: \ / E / H / F' and then press Enter. Wait until all the files in the DVD installer copied to the flash drive. Now bootable USB drive is ready to be used for installing Windows from flash drive and you're done !.