This article provides instructions on how to create a bootable USB flash drive using the Diskpart utility.
A user may want to create a bootable USB flash drive which has a larger partition than the maximum 2Gb created using the Dell Diagnostic Distribution Package (DDDP), see Article How to Create a Bootable USB Flash Drive using Dell Diagnostic Deployment Package (DDDP).
Diskpart can be used to create a partition larger than 2Gb on the USB flash drive so larger files can be used. Diskpart is a Disk Partition utility available within Windows.
Please follow the steps in the next section on how to use Diskpart to create a bootable Windows USB flash drive:
Insert your USB flash drive (4Gb + preferable) into your system
Navigate to the Command Prompt. Select Start & type CMD in the search field, right click on CMD.exe and select Run as administrator
Alternatively, navigate to Start > All programs > Accessories > right click on Command Prompt and select Run as administrator
A User Account Control (UAC) dialog Window may appear. Click Yes to Continue.
When the Command Prompt opens, enter the following commands followed by Enter
DISKPART - This will start the utility
LIST DISK - This will show the disk number of your USB flash drive. In the image below the USB flash drive shows as Disk 2.
SELECT DISK X (Replace X with your USB flash drive number, we are using 2 in this example)
CLEAN - This wipes the drive
CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY- Creates partition
SELECT PARTITION 1- Selects partition 1
ACTIVE- Marks the current partition as active
FORMAT FS=NTFS QUICK - This formats the partition
ASSIGN- Assigns a drive letter.
Insert your Windows DVD into the optical drive.
From the command prompt, enter the following:
Copy all files from the Windows CD to the USB flash drive using xcopy
This will copy the Windows installation files onto the USB flash drive, it may take several minutes.
xcopy switches are as follows:
/s - Copies directories and subdirectories except empty ones.
/h - Copies hidden and system files.
/f - Displays full source and destination filenames while copying.
To display the full list of switches, type xcopy /? <enter>
This will make the USB drive bootable and when selected at start up, will boot straight into the Windows installation.
Article ID: SLN153364Last Date Modified: 09/20/2019 04:38 AM