Rufus is a simple utility which makes building bootable USB drives like memory sticks using ISO images a hassle-free affair. You can also burn the same to a DVD or CD from the ISO image.
This however won’t have much utility if an optical drive is not located in the target system. The easy to carry around USB keys are much faster and less prone to damages which can serve you well if you use the disc often. Devoid of any installation requirement, this straightforward application can detect your USB drive without having to select the same.
Starting with the program is also very easy as you just need to click on the “Start” button which will simultaneously walk you through the rest of the steps. The USB drive can even be formatted to help you gain greater control over the same. It can prove to be extremely helpful in scenarios where an USB installation media has to be created from bootable ISOs like Linux or Windows for operating on a system devoid of any installed OS.
- Supports both GPT and UEFI boots.
- Program packs in some advanced format options which might be of great help for getting your drive recognised in older PCS.
- It is twice as fast as Universal USB Installer, UNetbootin or Windows 7 USB download tool when it comes to creating a Windows 7 USB installation drive from an ISO.
- Rufus will try to select a keyboard layout in accordance with your system locale if you create a DOS bootable drive using a non-US keyboard. In such cases, it is advisable to use FreeDOS over MS-DOS given its greater support towards more keyboard layouts.