RMPrepUSB – Amazing USB Formatting Tool!
RMPrepUSB is similar to the HP Format utility, but much more flexible and should be better at creating a USB Flash memory drive that will boot on most systems successfully.
RMPrepUSB is a Windows utility that can be used to format any USB storage device, e.g. USB Flash drive (UFD) or USB hard disk as a bootable device. It can be used to partition, format, write a Master Boot Record, partition table and/or Volume Boot Record (sometimes called a Partition Boot Record) and operating system boot code to any USB storage device (e.g. USB flash memory drive or USB hard disk).
RMPrepUSB makes a single user partition of any size and is primarily intended for USB Flash Drive (UFD) memory sticks although it can be used on USB hard drives to create a single partition.
The utility also places boot code on the USB device for either XP/WinPEv1 (ntldr), Vista/WinPEv2/Win7 (bootmgr), MS-DOS (io.sys) or FreeDos (kernel.sys).
RMPrepUSB does not place any files on the UFD – you must copy these over yourself or set the option in RMPrepUSB to copy over the contents of a folder of your choice.
The current version of the tool is v2.0.737.Check the boot-land thread for more details.The downloaded the zip file contains a pdf file RMPrepUSB.pdfThis file contains a wealth of information about this tool.Make sure you read this pdf file.
RMPrepUSB has many different uses, including:
- Partition, format and make bootable a USB drive
- Clean (erase/wipe) a USB drive
- Backup a USB drive (or parts of a USB drive) to an image file
- Restore an image file (or part of an image file) to a USB drive
- Install the Grub bootloader onto a USB drive
- Test a USB drive (useful for testing fake USB flash memory drives
- Eject a USB drive (for safe removal)
- Display the partition structure of a USB drive (or image file)
- Use after PEBuilder to install your XP PE files to a bootable USB drive.
Six steps to make your USB drive bootable
- Select the USB drive in the listbox if more than one is present and either leavethe size as MAX or change it (e.g. type 512 for a partition size of 512MiB).
- Change the volume label text if you want to.
- Set the type boot loader that you want installed onto the new partition after ithas been formatted.
- Change the Filesystem and Overrides. You may need to experiment with these before you can find a combination that works. Different models of PCs or Noteboooks may require different settings.
- If you want to, you can copy the contents of a folder to the new empty partition after it has been formatted. Tick the COPY OS FILES box if you want this. Note: RMPrepUSB will not place any boot files on the USB drive and it will not be bootable unless you copy the boot files onto it.
- Click on the blue Prepare drive button.
Note: Coloured buttons will write to you USB drive. Except for the Install Grub button, all other coloured blue/red buttons will erase the USB drive contents.
How to create a bootable pendrive to install Windows 7 using RMPrepUSB
This is one of the best ever USB Formatting Tool I have ever come across.Thanks to Steve of RM Education and Boot-land Members for making such a wonderful utility.