How to make a bootable usb hard drive
Having a startable drive that is external to the computer with all your tools (anti virus, check disk, etc) comes in handy when the installed Operating System is not functionable. With this handy tool you can run diagnostics not only on the installed Operating System but the hardware with better results. You can recover deleted files, use an imaging program to replace a damaged Operating System or replace corrupt files. This is one of the most useful tools you will make.
Making a bootable usb hard drive instructions:
Choice # 1: If you have a computer that you can disable/disconnect the internal hard
drive and boot from a cd or floppy here are the steps:
4) Restart and format the drive, add the files you want to the C: drive.
6) Reconnect the internal drive
Choice # 2: If your system does not allow you to access the USB device with FDISK.
1) Remove the drive from the external enclosure.
Warning! This will invalidate the warranty on the enclosure if it is sealed!
2) Disconnect the internal drive in your computer.
3) Install/Connect the external drive in your computer
4) Go into BIOS and check for the presence of the external drive.
5) Start the computer with bootable cd
(See my page on making a bootable CD
(See my page on making a bootable floppy).
6) Follow the above instructions on FDISK and Format.
7) TEST the drive!!
8) Reverse installation procedures to put the drives back into
Good luck with your project.
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Once you have your bootable usb hard drive made you will want to add some 'tools' to make troubleshooting and repairing your computer easier. Here is a list of tools I use on my bootable usb hard drive.
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