Make bootable USB drive in under 2 minutes in any Windows OS ( 2020 Updated )

Bootable USB in under 2 minutes in any windows OS

I have created bootable USB drives using various tools. But if you are in a windows environment you can do that in under 2 minutes using the windows command prompt.

OS Support

These commands were tested in the following operating systems.
  • Windows XP
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 10
  • Windows Server 2003
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2016
  • Windows Server 2019

Let's get started

Please make sure to backup USB drive data before starting the process since your drive will be wiped out.

Step 1

Plug your USB drive and note the capacity (4 GB, 8 GB, etc). We need this information later in a later step.

Step 2 

Open the diskpart cmd utility in one of the following ways.

Open RUN dialog box (Win + R) and then type diskpart
Open the command prompt and then type diskpart

Step 3

With diskpart utility opened we can now start making the bootable USB drive. Enter the following commands in the order.

Find disk ID of your USB drive
list disk

Now identify your USB drive by its size and select it (Disk 1, Disk 2, etc). 
select disk 2
Please be cautious in this step. Selecting the wrong disk could lose your data.

Remove all the file system configurations to create a fresh one.

Create, select, and activate the primary partition for your bootable drive files.
create partition primary
select partition 1

It’s time to format the newly created partition. Please make sure to select quick mode unless you have a lot of time to sit and wait for 😀.
format fs=ntfs quick

Congratulations, now you have a USB drive that can use to boot a system. Exit from the diskpart and copy your bootable files (ISO etc.) and start booting.

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