Rufus is a little piece of utility that aids you in formatting and creating bootable USB flash drives. If you have an ISO image, you can choose to burn it to a CD or DVD, but it won't be of much help if your target system does not have an optical drive. It is much easier to carry USB keys around, they are also less likely to be damaged and much faster, which can be of huge advantage if you use the disc often.
You do not have to install this software and the setup is quite straightforward. Rufus detects your USB drive automatically, keeping your interaction with the tool to the barest minimum. Getting started is also very simple, just click on the start button and the software will guide you through everything else it needs to know.
Why you should use Rufus
If you want to install an Operating System, it is much easier and convenient to install it from a USB drive, than installing from a disc. A bootable drive also enables you to work from a system with a previously installed OS. Rufus provides its users with a standard and advanced options for formatting USB flash disks and rapidly creating bootable drives. Wrapped in a user-friendly interface, the network and administrative utility look quite similar to the format panel associated with Windows built-in features. Users can select a device, partition scheme and target system type, file system type (FAT32, UDF, NTFS, exFAT), cluster size, and new volume label.
Devices that are connected are detected and selected from a drop-down menu. It is important that you save all your important data because when the USB drive is formatted, it removes everything within the drive in the process. Rufus is also compatible with old BIOS systems. There are basic options for formatting that allows you to check the device for bad blocks and algorithm type selections (1-4 passes). You can as well set the quick format mode, create an extended label and icon files, and create a bootable disk using an ISO image file or other disc image types.
It is faster than the popular boot drive creator, like UNetbootin, and comes with a plethora of advanced features, as well as being very simple to use. This software records every activity to a separate panel, and it can also be saved to a LOG file. It does not drag too much of your system's resources while carrying out formatting tasks.
Features of Rufus
- A very intuitive user interface;
- Create a bootable disk for all major Operating Systems, like Windows, UEFI, Linux, and so on;
- Multilingual support for different European And Asian languages;
- Works with FAT32, UDF, NTFS or exFAT drives;
- Fixes errors associated with system boot-up;
- It formats USB drives before making them bootable, so it is advisable to save all your information on the drive before using Rufus.
Rufus is one of the simplest solutions to formatting and creating bootable USB drives. There are so many useful features available for both advanced and novice PC users. It’s also available in multiple languages.
What's new in 3.6 version?
- Add support for persistent partitions [EXPERIMENTAL]
- (Note: The above won't work with Ubuntu until Ubuntu bug #1489855 is properly fixed)
- Add a mode to use VDS when partitioning/formatting (Alt-V) [EXPERIMENTAL]
- Add full extraction support for efi.img (Solus)
- Fix listing of potentially blocking processes
- Fix NTFS not being selectable when using Grub4DOS
- Fix download script not being launched when the user name contains a space
- Fix translated messages potentially being truncated (e.g. Thai)
- Fix progress bar report for screen readers (Accessibility issue)
- Fix a regression where Windows format prompts would not be suppressed
- Improve(?) Windows To Go support by following Microsoft's recommended partition order
- Don't enumerate Windows Sandbox VHDs
- Disable ISO mode when Manjaro ISOHybrids are being used
- Update embedded GRUB to version 2.04