Bootable Device drive for Windows 7 Boot Disk.
You might not know all the different names for those little memory sticks that you see people carrying around but you will. You know the isle at the local department store that shows all those little USB drives with numbers ending with GB?
I'm starting off with the USB Boot Device in the Backup Applications today for one reason. You have to be able to access your backup software and your backup location to be able to use it. I've found more people have lost their DVD or just never burned it when they purchased their computer. Lucky for Windows users you can run a USB boot device of your Windows 7 to recover and finally create those recovery disks. I believe it takes 4 DVDs to start.
Well those little thumb drives with 2GB, 4GB, 8GB, 32GB are going to help you when your system needs to be reinstalled.
Netbook users are really the top people that need to read this post while others that opt for "Non Recovery Disk" methods need to follow along.
Just something about a operating system that wants to format and reinstall when disaster strikes.
Your Thumb drive needs to be bootable.
That means when you turn on your computer and hit the F11 key for boot options Alt + F11 in some Netbooks. You'll find what key you need to strike in your users manual.
I'll be listing all the ones I know here and when I find need Boot Screen Key Commands I'll post them here as well.
Technically I'm not sure why just about every company did away with shipping disks with your new computer.
I'm thinking the $0.10 to burn a disk was just to costly or it could be a new revenue stream for vendors and resellers.
Microsoft shows that you need to purchase the download software in ISO format. The ISO format can then be burned to a DVD and then you have the disks that in my opinion should have been shipped with your new computer.
We also want to create a USB thumbdrive setup as well so you have two ways of recovery.
Most computers allow you to select the boot option without going into the system BIOS settings but for those that need to do that you'll be able to handle the task of changing boot drives in your BIOS.
Download the Drive Image Creator Tool from Microsoft here.
Microsoft USB and DVD Tool
Now we are set to get the steps in print.