A USB boot CD is a USB storage device that is loaded with "boot" files, just like a normal boot CD. A boot disk is used to load important information before the OS (operating system) loads. A boot disk is used when problems with an operating system exist or the user wishes to work on the computer but not from the OS. Creating a USB boot disk is very simple and requires the original boot files to be copied to the USB storage device.
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Insert the USB device into the computer's USB drive. The USB device should automatically open. If it does not, click "Start Menu," "My Computer" and double click on the device.
Locate the bootable material on the computer's hard drive. This is the boot data that will be copied to the USB stick. If copying from an existing boot CD then insert the CD into the computer's CD drive and open it by clicking "Start Menu," "My Computer" and right clicking "Explore" on the CD drive. A folder containing the data on the CD will appear.
Copy the boot material to the USB device. In the directory containing the boot data, press "CTRL" and "A" at the same time to highlight all the files. Press "CTRL" and "C" to copy those files to the computer's clipboard.
Open the USB device folder. Press "CTRL" and "V" to paste the material to that directory. Once the copying is done, the process is complete. The USB key is now a boot device.
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