How to Make USB Pen Drive Bootable?

I still remembered few months back, a friend of mine asked me to repair her Windows. The problem was her CD-ROM was not functioning. Therefore, I couldn’t boot from the Windows XP bootable CD. I did think about copying the file from the XP cd to my pen drive and boot from my USB pen drive. But how can I booted from my USB pen drive when the pen drive itself was not bootable? That’s a few months old story. 

If today my friend comes again to me with the same problem, I will be happy to help because now I know how to make USB pen drive bootable. MakeBootable is a freeware application that turns your USB pen drives into a bootable media with just a single click.  This nifty utility makes your pen drive to be bootable without erasing any data in the USB device.

Make Bootable USB Pen Drive

MakeBootable consists of a single executable file and requires no installation. To use MakeBootable, run the MakeBootable executable file. On the main window, select the USB device you wish to make bootable. Click on the “Make Bootable” button to begin the process. The program will load several files required for boot up into your device.

Next, you need to change the boot-up setting in the system BIOS. With your USB device still plugged, restart your system. Enter the BIOS setup menu and change the boot device setting. Select USB Device as First Boot device in the boot device priority. If the boot-up files are created in the USB drive, select USB-HDD or USB-ZIP (preferred). If the boot-up files are created in the floppy drive of your device, select USB-FDD (for pen drive that supports security mode).

Once done, save and exit the BIOS setup. Now, you should be able to boot up with your USB device.

MakeBootable run perfectly on Windows 98, ME, 2000 and XP.

Note : Before running MakeBootable, if your USB pen drive is under FAT32 and NTFS file system format, you need to convert the format to FAT. MakeBootable does not support FAT32 and NTFS file systems.

Steve Yu is a technology blogger with five years blogging experience (since 2007). He is the founder of MyTechQuest.com.

97 Comments

  1. Nihar

    April 5, 2009 at 9:47 am

    Thanks for the tip.

    • sachin

      April 10, 2011 at 1:55 pm

      any person help me for bootable pen drive

      • amit kumar

        May 17, 2011 at 3:50 pm

        plz give me ans,how i can create bootable pen drive and installation using with pendrive

        • HONEY

          June 10, 2011 at 10:12 pm

          Simply lift your PC and throw it out of your house.
          You will be get rid of this problem….

      • ashutosh tiwari

        August 23, 2011 at 8:57 pm

        how can make usb pen drive bootable

  2. priya

    May 1, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    where we will find the bootable executable file

    • ahmed

      March 4, 2010 at 8:20 pm

      i want my pen drive bootable.
      pls write step

    • sonu

      December 15, 2010 at 2:17 pm

      hello sir plz help me to make a booteble pen drive

    • rahul dev singh

      March 25, 2011 at 6:31 pm

      just click on make bootable which is upper side of this page in blue where u will find freeware application or make bootable software to make bootable ur pendrive………..

      ok ……..
      rahul

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  4. Bootable pen derive

    May 16, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    I want to make my pen derive bootable..I search in google but i cann’t success.So if any one know how can i make our pen derive bootable,pls help me.

  5. sridhar

    August 4, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    sorry this setup (makebootable) works for only phesons chip
    than how it will work for all chips
    its simply dust software

  6. manju

    August 7, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    I converted PEN DRIVE FAT 32 to FAT and tryed to make a bootable but it is showing device not found.

  7. avanish

    August 22, 2009 at 11:20 am

    dude,
    It works well only with usb drives using FAT system but now a days most of the pendrives use NTFS system and it’s difficult format them using FAT system.

    I have tried but failed.

  8. parveen

    September 3, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    can i install window with the use of pendrive only?

  9. Daksh

    September 29, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    Hi.. Sir..
    i just want to make booteble pen drive. so in that case wich file we must be Download fome net.
    i want to just creat pen drive bootebl. give Idea please…

    Daksh

  10. irfan....

    October 24, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    please help me to make my transcend 2.0 pen drive bootable,

    please do mail me in my id (irfan.cool99@gmail.com)

  11. Gaurav

    October 27, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    I want to make my pen derive bootable..I search in google but i cann’t success.So if any one know how can i make our pen derive bootable,pls help me

  12. rakhi

    November 4, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    HI

    Someone help me. I am unable to make the bootable pendrive, i fellow the step i cant getting bootable pendrive.

    Regards
    rakhi
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    • amol

      July 25, 2010 at 6:23 pm

      hi friends u know how to make any storage device bootable ?


      i know that



      “ms-dos.sys”
      “command.com”


      these
      two
      files is present in your storage device in perfect location then and then only ur
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  13. harry

    November 15, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    How i convert my pendrive from FAT32 to FAT format….

  14. Sunil Kothari

    November 16, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    I convert PEN DRIVE FAT 32 to FAT and tryied to make a bootable but it is showing device not found.

  15. aditya shukla

    November 17, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    hell sir
    I want to make my pen derive bootable..I search in google but i cann’t success.So if any one know how can i make our pen derive bootable,pls help me.
    Reply

  16. sk

    November 22, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    I format PEN DRIVE and tryed to make a bootable but it is showing device not found

  17. Mansingh

    November 24, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    is it possible to convert it back to non bootable??

    • azhar ali buttar

      November 25, 2009 at 3:59 pm

      Yes, use the same software and convert it backup to FAT32 if the original file system was FAT32
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  18. azhar ali buttar

    November 25, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    There is another maybe very easy (For me it is) software can be download from internet named win2flash is available and I personally tested this thing on windows xp, 2003 and windows 7.

  19. srikanth

    November 30, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    ya i done this process but it didnot booting with pen drive . The message is comming like this there is no bootable partition table not found send answer to my email.

  20. ajay kv

    December 26, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    my problem was hw to make a pendrive bootable. nw i dont hv such a problem …. thanku for providing me a proper solution…………..ajay

  21. chandrak

    January 5, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    I Have not any bootable device so i want a bootable pen drive.but i not

  22. shashank tyagi

    January 16, 2010 at 3:01 am

    I Have not any bootable device so i want a bootable pen drive.but i not

  23. sita

    January 19, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    I want to make my pen drive bootable.
    I have searched a lots of time in google but I didn’t make it possible , so would you ples help to get out of my problem.

  24. AVISHEK KUMAR

    January 22, 2010 at 10:49 am

    well thakssssssssssssssssss.

  25. kostic

    January 22, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    hey . it doesnt recognise my usb drive . even it is fat format. ( using windows 7 32-bit)

  26. Anukul

    February 13, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    Does “Make Bootable” work in Windows Vista?
    Please help.
    Send the replies at
    anukul_sangwan@yahoo.com

  27. hero

    February 23, 2010 at 12:12 am

    hi bro thanks for sharing this nice info with us i ll try it today

  28. ROHIT

    March 6, 2010 at 6:45 am

    I wana make my pen booteble plz reply me

  29. Techni4

    March 14, 2010 at 5:27 am

    thanks for sharing this nice info with us
    .-= Check out Techni4´s latest blog post ..Make USB Pen Drive Bootable =-.

  30. Ramesh shiyani

    April 8, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    hello
    good afternoon
    i am convert my pendrive into fat16.
    how can i done this?
    please give your suggestion

  31. readyways

    April 8, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    Don’t work even for FAT or FAT32 system.And this software called make bootable is no better than win2flash.Anyway keep posting new material man .

  32. Tomi

    April 20, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    Oh lol on screenshot is mine usb stick….i hope it will work…

  33. amit

    May 14, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    it has too much of restrictions and it doesn’t even work FAT systems.

  34. rajesh

    May 25, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    my kingston g2 8gb pen drive right protect can’t format please tell me how to format?
    mail me your answer( rajeshdoot00@gmail.com)

  35. yogesh pratap singh

    June 22, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    Does it requires any special s/w to make pen drive bootable.

  36. Faizy

    June 27, 2010 at 3:39 am

    i want to make a bootable pendrive for window XP

  37. gautam

    June 28, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    i want to update my notebook windows to windows7.i dnt have CD rom in it….

  38. naveen

    July 14, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    thanks for ideas on bootable pendrive….

  39. Dinesh

    July 15, 2010 at 3:46 am

    Hi, I tried it but failed. error is Device not foun.
    please suggest what next

  40. Lovely Singla

    July 16, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    plz send method of make bootable device and how to convert fat to ntfs pendrive

  41. anoop

    July 26, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    actully there is a problem that is when i m clicking make bootable button it gives a error that ‘device not found’. i checked my device but still i get this prob . please tell me the solution…
    thenk u sir

  42. rupesh

    August 13, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    dude , give some idea that support NTFS file format for making a USB Bootable device

  43. Deepti Shakya

    September 6, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    it’s not suffficent information about the bootable pendrive……………..

  44. Bollywood

    September 24, 2010 at 4:55 am

    Making a pen drive bootable is not so easy, it depends on a lot of other factors, and a large percent of who try to do it fail in the end.

  45. rajesh

    October 25, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    how can i make bootable pen drive

  46. rajesh

    November 22, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    pl tell me how i make a pen drive bootable for xp and windows 7

  47. rajeevkumar singh

    November 27, 2010 at 6:00 am

    hello,
    how can i change a bootable cd into bootable pendrive,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  48. lokesh

    December 6, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    Dear Sir

    I want to make my pen derive bootable..I search in google but i cann’t success.So if any one know how can i make our pen derive bootable,pls help me.
    Reply

  49. avadesh pandey

    December 7, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Dear Sir

    I want to make my pen derive bootable..I search in google but i cann’t success.So if any one know how can i make our pen derive bootable,pls help me.

  50. mahananda

    January 3, 2011 at 1:52 am

    Dear Sir

    I want to make my pen derive bootable..I search in google but i cann’t success.So if any one know how can i make our pen derive bootable,pls help me.

  51. zahid

    January 31, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    how can i make pendrive bootable ?
    i did’n undrstand suggestion u gave. Is there any software used to make bootable pendrive……
    please inform me on my email address……………(Z***)

  52. sangamesh

    February 20, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    i will try but showing device not found

  53. Sami Uddin Qureshi

    March 1, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Error “make device bootable failed: device not found” Please help me how can make bootable pen drive. my pen drive is FAT Format. please help me

  54. Heureux A Jamais

    March 8, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    You should try this software “WinSetupFromUSB” , by which you can easily create your pen drive bootable.
    Firstly save your data from pen drive and run the s/w, select the folder of O/S setup files. Then select the usb disk, Target disk type removable and then ok.
    it will format your pen drive and copy the OS file in USB. then simply restart your PC. and select boot divice from USB, and set will start.

  55. Isaac Osei

    March 22, 2011 at 12:37 am

    My pen drive is given an error “Right protected” while i want to format, what is the problem and the solution for it

  56. Akku

    March 28, 2011 at 1:05 am

    Thanks For The INfo I amde my usb booting. Thanks again.

  57. Jwala Singh

    March 29, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    how to make Pan Drive Bootable Plz?? Help Me

  58. vikash

    April 2, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    hi my name is vikash.i want to know how to do xp in pen drive .plese help me.

  59. raju vishwakarma

    April 11, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    daemon tools lite through u can make pen drive boot able and format any system

  60. dina

    May 4, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    As for i’m using on Mac Protemac logonKey. It creates bootable usb for logging in.
    http://protemac.com/LogonKey/

  61. hariom

    May 6, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    how to make pen drive bootable dives plz…….
    help me any

  62. nitin khare

    May 14, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    how i can make a pen drive bootable please send a not in id……..

  63. Amrish Singh

    May 17, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Hi, where to download the software

  64. Danish

    May 22, 2011 at 12:36 am

    my pen drive was not responding when i connect to my pc.. i was very worried.. i was searching on internet to get any solution fo this.. there i came across http://www.isaviour.com.. there was this no. 855-230-6145. i called to this no. and now my pen drive again have life..

  65. kunal

    June 3, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    how to get bootable pen drive

  66. BABU

    June 16, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Anyone say – how to format a drive using \USB drive in DOS mode ??????????

    • mkamil25

      October 15, 2011 at 3:10 am

      write the command in dos -:
      format a:(where a is the drive name)

  67. niraj

    June 22, 2011 at 11:03 am

    i want to know how to make a bootable pen drive
    plz help me

  68. Anshul

    June 23, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    to make bootable pendrive require any type of Softwear
    If,Yes plese email me the download link on given email adress

  69. nilesh patel

    June 27, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    plz help me to be bootable pandraiv….

  70. Brightax

    July 4, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    desktop of my laptop cannot display and my cd rom is not working.How can i install windows 7 on the laptop?

  71. Catherine

    July 6, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Have you tried FlashBoot to make your USB bootable?
    Using FlashBoot you can convert Windows 7/Vista/XP installation CD/DVD disk to bootable USB disk and install Windows.
    This is what I used and is working great for me
    http://www.prime-expert.com/flashboot/

  72. jossan

    July 12, 2011 at 12:35 am

    pls help me
    how to make a bootable pen drive

  73. KHAN ALAM

    July 12, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    I KNOW HOW TO MAKE BOOTABLE PENDRIVE
    BUT I MAKE THIS THROUGH THE HIRENS BOOT

  74. Anto Dominic

    August 5, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Hey by using that i made my pendrive bootable by long back time but after i worked properly over a period os time i found the scalability and performance problem is this due to this or any other reason behind this.

  75. vinita singh

    August 16, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    can i format, if harddisk cantain bad sector?

  76. deepak kumar

    August 28, 2011 at 1:26 am

    plz help me to make my pen drive bootable

  77. Ajal

    August 30, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    I can’t use my usb device as botable i need more help . help me out guys

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    August 31, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Thanks for tips !

  79. rajender

    September 9, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    but why dont you mention how to download makebootable software.

  80. shatrudhan shah

    September 23, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    how to make a bootable pendrive? plz give me answers

  81. Tarang Ranjan Srivastava

    September 23, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    sir,
    I want to know that how make a USB PEN DRIVE as a BOOTABLE?

  82. sagar

    October 31, 2011 at 1:47 am

    sir, I want to format my pc and install windows7. But my cd writer is not working. Plz help me, can I format with 4GB pendrive?

    • abhishek

      December 7, 2012 at 9:23 pm

      YES u can format it by 4 gb or bove size of pendrive

      u have to search how to make bootable usb in command prompt or wiki how

  83. roberrt

    November 11, 2011 at 9:45 am

    as far as i know..not all the usb can be using as booting device :) and i have some old motherboard that doesnt support usb booting.

  84. Bkanil89

    January 30, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    nice advise ……….. thanks dear.

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