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Create bootable USB drives from ISOs with an operating system of your choice, with various options, including to enhance compatibility with old BIOS versions
Review by Elena Opris on January 23, 2017
What's new in Rufus 3.17:
- Fix MBR not being properly cleared
- Fix commandline hogger not being deleted on exit
- Improve ReFS handling for platforms that support it
- Update UEFI:NTFS to latest and remove Secure Boot notice since this version is Secure Boot signed
Installing an operating system from a USB drive is much more convenient than from a disc, and a bootable drive even enables you to work from a system that does not have an OS installed. Rufus is a small-sized app that enables users to format USB flash disks and create bootable drives rapidly. It provides standard and advanced options alike, to suit the preferences of all skill levels.
Format to the desired file system
The tool is wrapped in a user-friendly interface that resembles the Format panel found in Windows built-in features. You can select a device, partition scheme and target system type, file system type (FAT32, NTFS, UDF, exFAT), cluster size, and new volume label.
Connected devices are detected and selected from a drop-down menu. Be sure to save all important data, because the USB drive is formatted and everything is removed in the process.
Compatibility options for old BIOS
Basic formatting options enable you to check the device for bad blocks and select the algorithm type (from 1 to 4 passes). Plus, you can set the quick format mode, create an extended label and icon files, as well as create a bootable disk using an ISO or various other disc image types.
Advanced tweaks can make Rufus list fixed (non-flash) or unpartitioned USB flash disks, add fixes for old BIOS (e.g. extra partition), and you may use Rufus MBR with a selected BIOS ID.
The program records all activity to a separate panel, and it can be saved to a LOG file. It carries out a formatting task rapidly and error-free, using low system resources. We have not come across any issues during our tests since the utility did not cause Windows to hang or crash. To sum it up, Rufus is a straightforward solution to formatting and creating bootable USB drive, providing users with a series of useful features.
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- portable version
- A portable version of this application is available: Rufus Portable
- runs on:
Windows 10 32/64 bit
Windows 8 32/64 bit
Windows 7 32/64 bit
Windows Vista 32/64 bit
Windows XP 32/64 bit
- file size:
- 1.3 MB
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