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FlashBoot can create bootable USB drives. It takes advantage of the fact that modern machines support booting from USB devices. What this application really does is formatting the USB device to make it bootable and then copying the operating system installation files to it. Luckily, it supports multiple operating systems, including various versions of Windows and Linux.
The application has an intuitive wizard-like graphic interface. However, some advanced users will probably consider good news that the program can also be used from the command line. Therefore, you will be creating a bootable USB device in various steps with no trouble at all. You can convert a bootable disk into a bootable USB device by simply choosing the source disk reader. Likewise, creating a bootable device from a floppy disk or another USB device is also possible. Fortunately, you do not need to tell the program the type of source, as the program can automatically recognize if it is a CD, a DVD, a floppy disk or a USB device. Moreover, you can also import the installation files from an image file. The application also allows installing reduced versions of some operating systems that can start right from the USB drive. These systems include minimal DOS (FreeDOS), minimal SysLinux, and minimal GRUB4DOS. Likewise, you can also import system files from an external source. In addition, the program can perform other operations, like quick formatting and wiping a device.
To sum up, FlashBoot allows you to use USB drives as an alternative to other bootable media, such as DVDs, CDs and floppy disks. USB drives can have several advantages, like being handier, faster or bigger than other conventional media. In addition, the program lets install an operating system when a disk drive is not available. Finally, it permits accessing your PCs contents by using an operating system based on a USB drive when the default system cannot start properly.
- It is easier to use
- It can be used from the command line
- It supports various types of USB devices
- It supports various operating systems
- It can create portable operating systems that can start from a USB drive
- Drives created with the demo versions will be bootable for only 30 days after formatting