WinSetupFromUSB

winsetupfromusbInstall Windows from a USB Stick!

Installing Windows isn’t as easy as it used to be. Back in the day, all you needed to do was stick a CD or DVD in your optical drive, turn the PC on, and let it rip. Windows usually installed and was ready to go in under an hour. Today, it isn’t as easy. Many PC’s no longer have optical drives; and its not as convenient to carry optical discs as it was years ago. Today, USB or thumb drives area LOT easier to carry and often have tons more space than a CD or even DVD. Installing or even reinstalling Windows is a lot easier when you can put the install files on a thumb drive, but its not always easy to get your computer to boot from that drive. Thankfully, with WinSetupFromUSB, it’s a lot easier. It’s a cool utility for your Windows PC.

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If you want or need to have your Windows setup files with you on the go, this is a cool little utility to help you put it together on a USB or thumb drive. Install the utility, mount your ISO file as a drive on your PC and then format the thumb drive with a single partition. The tool will help you format the thumb drive and make it bootable

After your drive is formatted and ready, you specify the location of your Windows source/install files (the ISO you mounted earlier) and specify the destination as your formatted thumb drive. You then let the app copy all of the files to the thumb drive. You can even test the drive in QEMU, a specialized process emulator.

I had trouble getting the application to work. The tool wouldn’t complete the format of my 8GB thumb drive correctly and it wouldn’t work with Windows 7 or Windows 8 media. I’m not sure if that was me, the app, or the fact that I’m running Windows via a VM. You may have to play with this a bit in order to get things to work for you, so be prepared to spend a bit of time. This is not necessarily a turn key solution for creating portable install media for everyone.

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Format any USB stick with the desired file system using HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool

Where would we be without our USB flash drives? Our music, pictures, work files, personal data, and just about our entire life’s history are often stored on the modern day equivalent of the floppy disk.

We love their portability, file space, and universal compatibility, and so too does Hewlett-Packard’s USB Disk Storage Format Tool.

What is it and what does it do?

The HP USB Storage Format Tool is a little godsend for those who use USB flash drives as recovery devices because it is capable of formatting virtually any USB flash drive in a diverse range of systems. And here’s the best bit. Not only does it install and run very smoothly, the interface looks exactly like the standard format which is built into Windows. The key difference being where the Windows version does not have the option of selecting USB drives to format, the HP USB Storage Format Tool does. Big difference huh?

This funky piece of software also offers users the option of creating a DOS start-up disk, by either using the internal MS-DOS system files, or the ones located at a specific path.

Oh! and before we forget, this format tool also allows you to rename all your USB flash drives in any way you want and offers a NTFS volume label for format which enable you to create a FAT32 volume which is bigger than 32GB. Cool hey?

The HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool blows us away because by deleting space used on flash drivers that cannot be removed in the traditional way, and creating bootable USB drives it brings enhanced power and functionality to your system without costing you the earth. If you use flash drives, then don’t delay and get it today.

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Manage and maintain your drive’s partitions with Aomei Partition Assistant

The price of SSD’s is coming down. At about $1.00 per gigabyte, putting an SSD in your notebook PC is becoming more and more realistic. Upgrading from smaller SSD’s to larger, faster SSD’s isn’t as financially painful as it used to be. The problem, though is finding a decent drive migration and management tool. This is one of the biggest reasons why I like Aomei Partition Assistant Home Edition. It’s a partition and drive management tool for Windows.

AOMEI Partition Assistant Home Edition is a completely free partition manager. It carries out hard disk and partition management, advanced system optimization and easy copy and partition recovery to keep your computer running. The app works in both 32bit & 64bit versions of Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows 2000 Professional. It has the ability to resize and move partitions, migrate an OS to either an SSD or hard drive, to merge or split partitions, to allocate free space, to copy partitions, to copy a disk and to recover a partition on MBR and GPT formatted disks. The app also includes the ability to create a bootable CD to ensure data and system safety. As an added bonus, it includes a free, portable partition manager portable. With it, you can copy the installation directory of AOMEI Partition Assistant Home Edition to any device, including a USB flash drive, a portable hard drive, etc.

Read full review | Download Aomei Partition Assistant

 

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Manage your disks with EASEUS Partition Master 9

Partition Master 9 is an ALL-IN-ONE partition solution and disk management. It allows you to extend partition (especially for system drive), manage disk space easily, and settle low disk space problem on MBR and GUID partition table (GPT) disk under Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7 (SP1 included) 32 bit and 64 bit system.

EaseUS offers a free version of this program and several other paid editions which come with additional features including Technical Services to Clients, free lifetime upgrades and License with WinPE bootable CD.

With the free edition of Partition Master 9 you can now safely merge different partitions without data loss on the same physical disk. It comes also with the ability to wipe data on unallocated space. This option is very useful when you want to get rid of sensitive data. The paid editions include in addition support for dynamic volumes, including copying, resizing and converting without data loss.

In comparison with the free edition, Partition Master 9 Server can repair RAID-5 volumes and supports command-line usage. This allows system administrators to create macro functions that can be scheduled to run without having to launch the main application. Therefore Partition Master 9 Server is also compatible with Windows Home Server.

The developers paid a great attention to the non-technical and inexperienced computer users. With Partition Master 9 anyone is able to backup, image and upgrade boot drives on their computers with ease. Also a bunch of video tutorials, accessible from the opening splash screen, are a great addition for those who need help when using this application.

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Create a bootable USB flash drive the easiest way possible

Many times I’ve been asked “how to create a Bootable USB flash drive” and every time I found it quite difficult to give a straight answer. That’s because there are several tools and guides out there related to ‘install Windows from USB flash drive’ and even if I’m an advanced user, some were quite hard to understand or they just didn’t work. Luckily, not long ago, I’ve found an easy way to create bootable USB flash drives (thumb-drive) with a tool called Koala.

You can find out more about Koala if you read the full review or you can download Koala here. Koala requires .Net Framework 2.0, you can get it here – in case you don’t have it already.

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