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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), follow this article.

Note: This process does not apply to UEFI enabled computers.

Table of Contents:

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

1. How to Create a Bootable USB Flash Drive

There are occasions where you must create a bootable USB Flash Drive. Scenarios that require a USB drive include; a BIOS update outside of the Operating System, or that No Operating System is installed etc. Difficulty getting the BIOS updates to work within the Operating System, due to permissions, restrictions, 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).

Note: Using DDDP only creates a bootable partition of up to 2Gb in size, on the USB Flash Drive. If you require a larger bootable USB Flash Drive, you must use Diskpart to create the necessary partition on the USB Flash Drive. See 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 is displayed. 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 appears. Select Continue to progress.

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

    5. A Dell Diagnostic dialog window appears stating "all files were successfully extracted". Select Ok to continue.


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

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

DIAGS Folder
Figure 1

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


  2. Insert a USB Flash Drive.

Warning: This removes all data from the USB memory stick.
  1. Go to C:\Dell\Drivers\R174621\ and double-click the application DDDP. (Figure 2)

DDDP EXE location
Figure 2

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

DDDP menu
Figure 3

  1. Restart the computer 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 computer boots to a command prompt and displays C:\>.

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

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

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More Resources - Videos

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


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

Last Published Date

14 Sep 2022



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