How to Create a Startup Disk on a USB

by Ezekiel James
Use a USB drive as a Startup Disk

Use a USB drive as a Startup Disk

A hard drive crash can be a frustrating problem to deal with, but it can be less frustrating if you can access your main hard drive from an external storage device. Creating a startup disk from an external USB drive can provide the added security to help restore a hard drive when it crashes. Fortunately, creating a USB startup drive is an easy thing to do in both Windows and Macintosh operating systems.

Connect your USB drive to an available USB port on your computer, then wait for your computer to recognize the drive.

Open the "Start" menu then go to "All Programs." Right-click on accessories and select "Run as Administrator."

Type "DISKPART" into Command Prompt then type "LIST DISK" then hit "ENTER."

Type in your disk number and hit "ENTER" again. Your disk number will be "DISK 1" or "DISK 2." After you enter your disk number, you can verify which disk number matches your USB drive by matching the size of each disk with the corresponding number.

Type in the following commands one-by-one: SELECT DISK 1 CLEAN CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY SELECT PARTITION 1 ACTIVE FORMAT FS=NTFS ASSIGN EXIT

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About the Author

Ezekiel James began as a music writer in 2003. Since then, James has served as a writer for several music, technology and design publications. His work has been published on eHow, TechAxcess.com and in print for the "The Potrero View" and "Punk Planet." James is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Portland State University.

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