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#1 Akeo

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Posted 23 February 2012 - 09:26 AM

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File Name: Rufus
File Submitter: Akeo
File Submitted: 22 Feb 2012
File Updated: 07 Nov 2017
File Category: Boot tools

Rufus is a Windows utility that creates bootable USB flash drives, using DOS or user provided ISO images.
It can be be especially useful for cases where:
  • you need to create USB installation media from bootable ISOs (Windows, Linux, EFI, etc.)
  • you need to work on a system that doesn't have an OS installed
  • you need to flash a BIOS or other firmware from DOS
  • you want to run a low-level utility
Despite its small size, Rufus provides you with everything you need!

Oh, and Rufus is fast. For instance it's about twice as fast as UNetbootin, Universal USB Installer or Windows 7 USB download tool, on the creation of a Windows 7 USB installation drive from an ISO (with honorable mention to WINToBootic for managing to keep up). It is also marginally faster on the creation of Linux bootable USB from ISOs. For speed comparisons, see the official Rufus page.

Apart from DOS, which is always available, here is a non exhaustive list of ISOs that Rufus can create a bootable USB drive with:

Arch Linux, Archbang, BartPE/pebuilder, CentOS, Damn Small Linux, Debian, Fedora, FreeDOS, FreeNAS, Gentoo, gNewSense, Hiren's Boot CD, Knoppix, KolibriOS, Kubuntu, Linux Mint, NT Password Registry Editor, Slackware, Raspbian, ReactOS, rEFInd, Tails, Trinity Rescue Kit, Ubuntu, Ultimate Boot CD, Windows XP (SP2 or later), Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, etc.

For more info, source (GPL v3), please visit https://rufus.akeo.ie.

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#2 u2o

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Posted 23 February 2012 - 11:12 AM

Thanks!

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Posted 23 February 2012 - 01:35 PM

Looks good! Very easy to use.
Bug in 1.1.2.143 - if I select an ISO file, then dropdown list does not list MSDOS or FreeDOs again even after app. running again?
This (I found out eventually) is due to NTFS being selected when ISO is chosen. I think that you should always have the three choices - if DOS is selected then change filesystem to FAT.

FYI I used a 8GB Pretec USB 3.0 Flash drive and Win 7 64 Enterprise SP1 ISO (inc formatting and file extraction)
RMPrepUSB - 5 min 40 sec
Rufus - 5 min 19 sec

#4 MikhailCompo

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 11:24 AM

Am I being thick?

How do i create a DOS or FreeDos drive with this tool?

Basically, I am wanting a drive that is suitable for BIOS flashing from DOS, so MS Dos is better i think.

Edited by MikhailCompo, 24 February 2012 - 11:26 AM.


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Posted 24 February 2012 - 11:55 AM

Am I being thick?

How do i create a DOS or FreeDos drive with this tool?

Basically, I am wanting a drive that is suitable for BIOS flashing from DOS, so MS Dos is better i think.

Select FAT as the filesystem and you will get the options for MS-DOS and FreeDOS - it is a bug in my opinion!

#6 MikhailCompo

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 05:14 PM

Select FAT as the filesystem and you will get the options for MS-DOS and FreeDOS - it is a bug in my opinion!


Aha! Sneaky!

Thanks for the info, i am sure i am not the only person who will need to know that.

It just so happened that i need to create a bootable pen drive using our corporate WinPE3 boot disk which is an ISO and it worked a treat. I like the stage x of x, that is useful (i tried using an '!' for a volume name as a test) - a log file would also be a great addition in case of problems (although i appreciate the author might want to retain certain secrets).

Will try creating an MSDos boot disk tonight for BIOS updates, that is the most interesting feature for me, and also the biggest headache in the past - having to get copies of the dos boot files etc.......

Overall - compliments to Akeo!!

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 05:56 PM

You can boot WinPE3 ISOs directly from an ISO file on a USB drive. This means that users would just have to replace the ISO file on their stick and not have to risk formatting/wiping the stick or any other USB drive they have attached. RMPrepUSB will create a grub4dos bootable USb stick. Then just add a menu.lst and your ISO file.

#8 TheHive

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Posted 25 February 2012 - 05:14 AM

Can you change the tittle to something like
Rufus - Create bootable USB flash drives using DOS or ISO images

I was thinking it was a dog thread at first. :loleverybody:
Thanks for the utility.

#9 99ss2759

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 07:29 PM

I've been using this to make flash drives for our SCCM imaging deployments. Works great! :good:

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Posted 11 August 2012 - 04:19 PM

Great work ... :1st: :1st: :1st: for windows xp its a GEM.. :clap: THX.....for the lovely tool.. :thumbsup: .




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