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How to Create a Bootable USB Flash Drive using Dell Diagnostic Deployment Package (DDDP)

Summary: This article shows how to create a bootable USB Flash drive using Dell Diagnostic Deployment Package (DDDP)

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If you want to create a bootable USB Flash drive using the Dell Diagnostic Deployment Package (DDDP), please follow this article.

Table of Contents:

  1. Creating a Bootable USB Flash Drive
  2. Download Dell Diagnostic Deployment Package (DDDP)
  3. Additional Resources - Videos

1. How to Create a Bootable USB Flash Drive

There can be occasions that you may need to create a bootable USB Flash Drive. This may be so that you can perform a BIOS update out with the Operating System, or that No Operating System ie. Windows is installed. There may be difficulty getting the BIOS updates to work within the operating system, either due to, permissions, restrictions on the operating system, anti-virus, or compatibility with the update schedule.

There are several different ways to create a bootable USB Flash Drive. One way is to use the Dell Diagnostic Deployment Package (DDDP).

SLN143196_en_US__1icon Note: Using DDDP will only create a bootable partition of up to 2Gb in size, on the USB Flash Drive. If you require a larger bootable USB Flash Drive, you will have to use Diskpart to create the necessary partition on the USB Flash Drive. Please refer to Article:

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2. Download the Dell Diagnostic Deployment Package (DDDP).

You can create a bootable USB Flash Drive using the following instructions:

  1. Download the Dell Diagnostic Distribution Package (DDDP) from the following URL:  

    1. The File Download window will show. Select Run to download the software.

    2. A User Account Control (UAC) window may appear. Select Yes to continue the download process.

    3. The Dell 32 bit diagnostic window will appear. Select Continue to progress.

    4. The folder creation window will appear. Select Ok to use the default folder.

    5. A Dell Diagnostic dialog window will appear stating "all files were successfully unzipped" . Select Ok to continue.


The DDDP main menu will appear. Close the window by clicking on the X on the top right-hand corner.

  1. Navigate to the folder that DDDP was extracted to (Default Location:
    C:\Dell\Drivers\R174621) and select the DIAGS folder. (Figure 1)

Figure 1


  1. Open the DIAGS directory and remove everything, EXCEPT for the following :


  2. Insert a USB Flash Drive.

Warning: This will remove all data from the USB memory stick.
  1. Navigate to C:\Dell\Drivers\R174621\ and double click on the application DDDP. (Figure 2)

Figure 2


  1. Run the DDDP utility and choose "Install to a USB flash drive". This will make the USB Flash Drive bootable. (Figure 3)

Figure 3

SLN143196_en_US__41368445069659.DDDP menu

  1. Restart the system and at the Dell logo, press <F12> to enter the One Time Boot Menu.

  2. Select the USB storage device to boot to the USB Flash Drive.

  3. The system will now boot to a command prompt and display C:\>

  4. You now have a bootable USB drive. If you are going to use this to update the system BIOS, please refer to the Note below for more information.

SLN143196_en_US__1icon Note: This method can be used in conjunction with updating the system BIOS from a USB Flash Drive. For more details see the information contained in the following Article:

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Additional Resources - Videos

YouTube videos in English only to assist with the creation of a bootable USB

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Affected Product

Desktops & All-in-Ones, Laptops, Latitude, Vostro, Fixed Workstations

Last Published Date

21 Feb 2021



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