How do I create a bootable USB for Freebsd

Make USB stick bootable: The Microsoft Media Creation Tool is a popular tool

The method of choice for writing Windows 10 ISO files to a USB stick is usually the in-house Windows Media Creation Tool. The better alternative, however, is the freeware Rufus - it is much faster on the way and is also compatible with other systems. Now the tool has received an update.

Would you like to set up your PC again or install Windows 10 on a second system? Then you need a boot USB stick. But which tool should you use to create it? Microsoft provides the Media Creation Tool that is supposed to do exactly these things for free. But that doesn't always work smoothly and anyone who prefers to have Linux on the stick instead of Windows needs an alternative anyway. The freeware Rufus is usually the better choice and does the job faster and more reliably.

Now the tool is available in the new one Version 3.14 with some bug fixes and improvements. A detailed change log can be found on the manufacturer's homepage.

Rufus: This is new since version 3.x.

The highlight of Rufus 3 is the possibility of creating a persistent memory area when creating Linux USB sticks. What does that mean? Normally, the bare image also boots from the USB stick again and again. All changes made in live mode are lost when you restart. The persistent memory area can now remember changes.

If you select an image that supports this function, e.g. a current Debian, you can set the size of the persistent memory on the USB stick yourself using the slider. Important: If the slider is set to "0", no persistent memory is used and everything remains as usual.

A new function that can be activated with the Alt key and that the developer calls "Cheat Mode" is officially experimental. A considerable number of professional options has now accumulated here.

With a trick to the download button

In the past two steps were necessary to be able to write Windows to a USB stick with Rufus. First you had to use a tool like Windows ISO Downloader to get the latest ISO files from Windows 10. Once loaded, Rufus came into play to write the ISO file to a USB stick. Rufus will now get the Windows ISOs himself.

However, so that the download button appears in the current Rufus version, you must activate the automatic update check in the settings. To do this, set "Check for new version" to "Daily" and restart Rufus. Then the "Selection" button shows a small arrow that you can use to switch to "Download". Different versions of Windows 10 and Windows 8.1 can be loaded.

Rufus is easy and quick

The rest of the process should sound familiar to seasoned Rufus users. The Rufus freeware works quickly and is easy to use. Use "Select" to choose the ISO file, Rufus actually sets the rest of the way. However, you can still change details, such as the partition scheme. Click on "Start" to initiate the creation of the bootable USB stick. Attention: Rufus writes the ISO file to the stick and deletes all data stored on it. If something important is saved there, save it elsewhere.

USB sticks in the test

  • SanDisk Extreme Pro USB 3.1 256GB (SDCZ880-256G-G46)

  • SanDisk Extreme Pro USB 3.1 128GB (SDCZ880-128G-G46)

  • Transcend Jetflash 910 256GB (TS256GJF910)

  • HyperX Savage 256GB (HXS3 / 256GB)

  • HyperX Savage 128GB (HXS3 / 128GB)

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