How to Boot Hiren From a USB Device

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How to Boot Hiren From a USB Device
A flash drive with the right files can help you fix your computer. (flash drive image by jimcox40 from

Hiren's BootCD is a valuable resource for anyone trying to troubleshoot and fix computer issues. It contains antivirus tools, archive and backup utilities, various cleaners and editors, as well as DOS and network tools. It's a great overall solution for computer users with some intermediate to advanced computer knowledge who want to save money and do it themselves. With the advancement of netbooks, not everyone has a CD-ROM drive to load Hiren's BootCD. A USB flash drive provides the solution.

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Things you need

  • Uninfected computer
  • Hiren's BootCD (version 9.7 or newer)
  • Flash drive (512mb or larger)
  • (found in Resources links)
  • (found in Resources links)

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  1. 1

    Insert your USB flash drive into an available USB port on an uninfected computer with a CD-ROM drive. If this is the first time plugging this USB drive into this computer, give it time to install the necessary drivers.

  2. 2

    Run In the box for "Device," ensure that your USB flash drive is selected. Set the "File System" box to FAT32. "Volume Label" can be set to any text or left blank. Leave "Quick Format" and "Create a DOS Bootable Disk" unchecked. Click "Start" at the bottom of the window and give the process time to complete.

  3. 3

    Right-click and select "Run as Administrator." Select the radio button next to "Disk" and select "hd2" from the drop-down list. Click "Refresh" to the right of "Part list" and ensure that "Whole disk (MBR)" is selected in that drop-down box. Leave the other options in the window empty and click "Install" at the bottom.

  4. 4

    Copy the files grldr and menu.lst from the HBCD folder onto the flash drive.

  5. 5

    Insert Hiren's BootCD into the CD-ROM drive and copy the entire contents of the CD to the flash drive.

  6. 6

    Insert the flash drive into your troubled computer and power on the computer. Use the included utilities to repair the unit.

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