How to create a bootable USB using Rufus on Windows

Some UEFI systems don’t boot to an NTFS USB drives. These UEFI systems will only boot to FAT32 USB thumb drives. Bearing this in mind, I create my bootable drives using FAT32 when installing UEFI Systems. See the following guide on how create a Bootable USB Drive Using dd Command on Linux.

The utility used here is Rufus and there are several other utilities for creating a bootable USB drive from an ISO image.

Note: For Windows Machines, I format with NTFS but or UEFI Systems, I format with FAT32. This can be done from the GUI, Command-line or by using Diskpart.

Next, download and make it bootable using Rufus. The version 3.5 does not work at this time, so I opted for version 3.3

Lunch the executable (Rufus) and perform the following steps below.

- Select the File System of your choice
- Enter the name of the Volume Label as shown below etc
- Device” section, use the drop-down menu and select the USB drive that you want to erase and use to create the installation media.
- Under the “Boot selection” section, use the drop-down menu and select the Disk or ISO image option.
- On the right side, click the down arrow button, and select the Download option.
- And Click on START

To learn the difference between Fat32 and NTFS on what to format your USB with.

I hope you found this blog post helpful. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comment session.

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