How to Make a Bootable USB Flash Drive From Phone

Friends and acquaintances, knowing that I "I rummage in computers"often ask me to change their Windows. But you don’t always have an installation disk or flash drive at hand and there is not always an optical drive in old or cheap devices. That’s when I remembered the DriveDroid program, which allows us to give the computer via USB disk images stored in the phone’s memory as an external USB flash drive.

Although the application is mainly focused on loading Linux operating systems, playing a little with the settings you can create a boot image for Windows. In this article I want to tell how to install Windows using an Android smartphone.

Necessary tools

We need a smartphone itself based on the Android operating system version no lower than 2.0 with root access and with 3GB of free memory. We also need the latest version of DriveDroid, which can be taken from GooglePaly, the image of the Windows installation media, the version we need and the Winusb utility. to create a bootable flash drive. Winusb can be installed from the official repositories of most distributions, for example, in Ubuntu:

sudo apt-get install winusb

Using DriveDroid is not so difficult, installing windows with android can be done with a minimum of knowledge, difficulties can only arise with recording an image.

Image preparation

Just taking and immediately mounting the iso image of the Windows installer doesn’t work, as I already said that the program works with Linux images by default. Therefore, when you go through the initialization process of DriveDroid, give root access and the program will check whether your device is supported, click the "" at the top of the screen and select create blank image To create a clean look:

How to Make a Bootable USB Flash Drive From Phone

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On the next screen, specify the image name, for example, Windows7, size. no less than the installation image of Windows, and also uncheck the item Partition table (MBR) and file system select None:

Creating an image will take a lot of time, when everything is ready, connect the newly created USB flash drive to the computer, tap on Writable USB To have write access:

Now go to the actions on the computer. Run:

Here is / dev / sdb. the newly connected memory of the Android device with which you are going to install windows from the phone. Select the dos partition table, press new, then enter, then write and yes. Then format the disk in ntfs:

mkfs.t ntfs / dev / sdb1

And finally, write the image:

winusb.-install windows7.iso / dev / sdb1

Where is windows7.iso. installation image of windows, and / dev / sdb1 the address of the connected flash drive. You can find out the address by looking at what new devices appeared after connecting the flash drive to the Dev directory:

ls / dev | grep sd

After the recording is completed, it remains to restart the computer, go into the BIOS setup by pressing F2 or F10, in the Boot section, set the highest priority for our flash drive. Now the installation of windows from the phone remains:


Now you know how to install windows from a smartphone and the lack of a flash drive or disk will not put you in a difficult position. If you have any questions, ask in the comments.

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