How to create a Rescue Disk on USB Flash Drive

I would say Rescue Disk is something which all the computer users must have.  You don’t know when you will need it. One day or the other you might end up with a situation where your Windows computer won’t boot! Now a days there are many Netbook users and most of the Netbook don’t have a CD or DVD drive. I therefore prefer creating a rescue disk on a USB drive.

In this article I will show you how to create a Rescue Disk on a USB Flash drive.

Step 1:

First we need to download Universal USB Installer.

Step 2:

Run the setup file.

Step 3:

Download a Rescue Disk ISO image. There are lot of free software out there. You could use the drop down list to see the ones that supports by Universal USB Installer. I would recommend SystemRescueCd or UDCD (Ultimate Boot CD).

Step 4:

Choose the appropriate option form the drop down and browser, select the ISO image  and choose your Flash drive and Click on Create.

Well, you are done!

It’s easy to create and saves lot of stress in times of emergency.

And make sure you have set the proper boot order in BIOS so the Laptop/PC recognizes USB at the time of boot.

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Shyam aka “Captain Jack” is a Microsoft MVP alumnus and a Windows Enthusiast with an interest in Advanced Windows troubleshooting. Suggestions made and opinions expressed by him here are his personal one's and not of his current employers. He blogs at


  1. redk9258

    Another great tool you can use is EasyBCD. You can add multiple ISO files, WIM files, etc. When you boot from the UFD (USB Flash Drive) it can have a boot menu like Windows 7. Works pretty well.

  2. redk9258 I sure would like a tutorial on how to get the most out of BCD. Do you have any recommendation? Their site is cryptic.

  3. redk9258

    Open EasyBCD.
    Click the “BCD Deployment” button.
    Choose the UFD (USB Flash Drive) partition from the drop down. (MAKE SURE YOU HAVE TH RIGHT ONE!)
    Click the “Install BCD” button.
    This will add a BCD store to the UFD and make it bootable. It will ask if you want to load the newly created BCD file. Click Yes.
    Now copy ISO or WIM files to the flash drive.
    Click the “Add New Entry” button.
    Click the appropriate tab for the type you are adding (ISO or WinPE).
    Give it a name and browse to the ISO or WIM file.
    Once you have an entry or two, click “Edit Boot Menu” to set the order, default timeout, etc.
    Click “Save Settings” and close EasyBCD.
    Your UFD should be bootable and contain the entries you added to the boot menu.

    Note that EasyBCD only works on Win 7 / Vista.

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