Rufus 3.6.1551 (2.35 Mb) is a small utility that helps format and create bootable USB flash drives (USB keys, memory cards, etc.). Despite its small size, Rufus provides everything you need to make USB installation media with bootable ISO (Windows, Linux, etc.) or DOS firmware.
- Rufus is a small utility that helps format and make bootable USB flash drives faster than analog. The home page shows the test results which, according to Rufus, take almost three times less for the “whistle” of the Slackware distribution than the famous UNetbootin.
- Users can optionally align parts on the flash drive (Add Repair items for the Old BIOS, which are hidden in the Format Options pull-down menu). If your machine is old enough and doesn’t detect a bootable USB drive, try activating this option – this might help.
- Check the flash drive for bad blocks (recording data in multiple tracks, from 1 to 4, by default – 2).
- As for making media “debris”, the following options might be: MS-DOS / FreeDOS (sewn into the utility itself) or SysLinux (a set of penguin kernel loaders).
- Burn the bootable ISO image
- Logging, which is also useful in severe cases.
- This version is portable, works without installation on a computer.
Note DOS Support:
- If you create a DOS disk that is bootable and uses a non-US keyboard layout, Rufus will try to choose the keyboard layout according to the localization of your system. In this case, it is recommended to choose FreeDOS (default), because it supports more keyboard layout than MS-DOS.
UEFI / GPT support notes:
- Starting with version 1.3.2, Rufus supports UEFI / GPT installation media, which means you can install Windows 7, Windows 8 or Linux in full UEFI / GPT mode. However, Windows Vista and newer versions of Windows require full support for UEFI / GPT. Due to limitations, Windows XP limits the creation of bootable UEFI / MBR disks.
Rufus is useful when:
- You need to make USB installation media from bootable ISOs (Windows, Linux, etc.)
- You need to work on a system that does not have an OS installed.
- You need a flash BIOS or another firmware from DOS
- You want to run a low-level utility.
List of ISOs used by Rufus:
- Arch Linux, Archbang, BartPE / pebuilder, CentOS, Damn Small Linux, Fedora, FreeDOS, Gentoo, gNewSense, Hiren Boot CD, LiveXP, Knoppix, Kubuntu, Linux Mint, NT Registry Editor NT, OpenSUSE, Parted Magic, Slackware, Tails , Trinity Rescue Kit, Ubuntu, Ultimate Boot CD, Windows XP (SP2 or newer), Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10.