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Making a Bootable USB Disk

There are a number of utilities available to make bootable USB sticks and you may use any disk imaging software of your choice.

One that we are able to make available is Win32 Disk Imager, which may be downloaded here. This is not a program that we have created nor are we affiliated with it or its creators in any way — it is just a utility that we have found useful for burning images to USB sticks to make them into bootable disks. The version linked to above is from 2013. More recent versions may have been released in the meantime, but this is the one we continue to use since it still works for what we need it for and, unfortunately, in recent years free software has been used as a vehicle for unscrupulous parties on the Internet to distribute malware. We have no reason to believe that the makers of this particular utility have done that, but neither have we checked into it. That being said, you may use any utility you wish to make your bootable USB stick.

Using Win32 Disk Imager

To use Win32 Disk Imager to write a bootable USB stick, insert the desired USB stick into your computer and launch the Win32 Disk Imager program.

Operation is fairly simple:

  1. Click on the blue folder image to select the software file you would like to burn to the USB.
  2. Under "Device" select the USB stick you would like to use. If the USB stick is not listed, click on the refresh button (the button with two rounded arrows).
  3. Click on the "Write" button and wait for the disk imaging to complete.