You cannot make a USB boot disk natively through Windows, but you can use third-party tools such as the HP USB Disk Storage Format Utility to do so. This utility, created by Hewlett-Packard, writes a boot sector onto your USB drive so you can boot from it during start-up. Not all computers support a USB boot, but most modern systems have no problem with the process.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- USB external drive
Download the HP Disk Storage Format Tool installation package. Double-click this package and click "Run" once the download completes.
Click "Next" to begin installing the HP Format tool. Click "I accept the terms in the license agreement." Click "Next."
Click "Next" and "Yes" on the second set of installation windows that appears. Click "Next." Click "Finish." Open the HP tool.
Attach your external drive to the system. Select this drive in the "Device" drop down menu. Label the drive if necessary. Check "Create a DOS start-up disk." Click "Start." Once this process completes, the drive will be bootable.
Tips and warnings
- Using the HP Format tool wipes off all of the information currently on your USB drive. Back up your data if you don't want to lose it.
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