How to Install UBCD to a USB

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How to Install UBCD to a USB
Ultimate Boot CD can be installed onto a portable USB memory stick. (Jeffrey Hamilton/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Ultimate Boot CD is a free, downloadable disc image that can be burnt to a recordable disc. It is used to start up computers into a boot environment containing several troubleshooting and repair utilities. Ultimate Boot CD can also be installed onto and booted from a USB memory stick, which is especially useful for troubleshooting computers that don't have an optical drive.

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Things you need

  • USB memory stick (formatted)
  • Compression utility that supports ISO format

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  1. 1

    Download the ISO from the Ultimate Boot CD download page.

  2. 2

    Unpack the ISO using a compression utility. Programs that support unpacking ISO files include Daemon-Tools, 7-Zip and WinRAR. Move the "ubcd" folder into the root directory of the C: drive.

  3. 3

    Insert your USB memory stick into the computer and note the drive letter.

  4. 4

    Open a command prompt window by left-clicking on the "Start" menu button, clicking "All Programs," clicking "Accessories" and "Command Prompt."

  5. 5

    Type "cd \ubcd\tools\win32\ubcd2usb" without the quotation marks and press "Enter."

  6. 6

    Type "ubcd2usb c:\ubcd X:" without the quotation marks and replacing "X" with the drive letter of your USB memory stick. Press "Enter" and UBCD will install onto the memory stick.

Tips and warnings

  • If your memory stick is unformatted, replace the command in step 6 with "ubcd2usb c:\ubcd X: /f" (without the quotation marks) and replacing "X" with the memory stick's drive letter. This will reformat the memory stick before installing UBCD.
  • Not all tools will work when booting UBCD from a USB memory stick.

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