A Bootable USB Stick?
What is a that? How do you make a USB stick bootable? That’s what I’m going to discuss in today’s episode. I’ve got six uncommon uses for the common USB stick to tell you about.
Almost everybody knows what a USB stick or thumb drive is. These are mostly used as ways to easily transfer data between two computers that aren’t connected in any other way. They’re greet for files that are too big to email or for taking the latest batch of pictures of your kids to Grandma’s house.
But’s what’s this talk about “bootable”? Making a USB stick bootable means that you put an actual operating system on the USB stick in a way that you can actually boot a computer straight from the USB stick. I’ll go into this in more detail in the episode.
Solve PC Problems With a Bootable USB Stick
With the right tools you can use a USB stick to scan your computer for viruses. You can repair hard drive issues. You can also recover deleted files from your hard drive.
If your computer won’t boot from its hard drive you can even use one of the rescue tools that I talk about in today’s show to get online and browse the Internet to search for solutions to whatever problem you’re having with Windows.
Run Your Favorite Applications
Did you know that you can run some of your favorite applications straight from a USB stick? This doesn’t even require that it be bootable!
So what kinds of apps can you run from a USB stick? How about:
- Mozilla Firefox
- Libre Office
- ClamWin Antivirus
- and many more!
I’ll tell you my favorite platform for running apps straight from a USB stick.
Try Out An Alternative OS Like Linux
Have you wanted to try out Linux but don’t want to commit to it yet? You can put it on a bootable USB stick. You can even put multiple versions of Linux on the same USB stick. This is a great way to try out Linux and start to get familiar with it, without actually installing it on your hard drive.
More Uses for a Bootable USB Stick
I can’t tell you everything that is in today’s show, you’ll just have to listen in for all the details!!
Resources / Show Notes
AVG Rescue CD
YouTube Tutorial to Install AVG Rescue CD
AVG Rescue CD Guide
Kaspersky Rescue Disk 10
How to Use the Kaspersky Rescue Disk to Clean Your Infected PC
BitDefender Rescue CD
How to Use the BitDefender Rescue CD to Clean Your Infected PC
CCleaner – Portable
Defraggler – Portable
Recuva – Portable
Universal USB Installer
YUMI – Multiboot USB Creator (Windows)
T r u e C r y p t – Free open-source disk encryption software for Windows 7/Vista/XP, Mac OS X, and Linux
Portable Mode for TrueCrypt
- How To: Install Windows 7 Or Windows 8 From USB Drive
- Create a password reset disk
This is the USB stick I use :
ADATA Value-Driven S102 Pro Effortless Upgrade 16GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive (Gray)