Make your pen drive bootable with MakeBootable

Many times, when you are facing a critical windows problem and you need the bootable cd urgently to repair your windows but some how you don’t get it.

MakeBootable is a free software which lets you convert your pen drive into a  bootable media, After making your pen drive bootable with makebootable you can use your pen drive like a windows xp bootable cd.

Makebootable is so easy to use, as it make your normal USB pen drive a bootable media in one click.


But there is a limitation, you will need to format your pen drive with fat file system in order to make your device bootable.

Convert to FAT and use MakeBootable

1. Backup the existing files on the drive.

2. Perform a FAT format

3. Now Run Makebootable.exe to make your USB portable device bootable.

After making your pen drive bootable, go to your BIOS and select USB Device as First Boot device in the boot device priority


We hope you like this small trick, Let us know your idea trough comments.

Note: While using MakeBootable, if your
USB pen drive
is under FAT32 and NTFS file system format, you will need to convert the format to FAT. MakeBootable
does not support FAT32 and NTFS file systems.

[ Download MakeBootable ]

Update: If the above links to download the application is not working then you can use the link given below.

[ Alternate Link  To Download MakeBootable ]

Update On: 23 oct 2009

Please note if the above utility does not work for your pen drive for any reason you can read other ways to make your USB drive bootable like Make USB Disk Bootable – Create MS-DOS Bootable USB Drive,

and you can also try reading how to Install Windows 7, Vista and Server 2008 From Bootable USB Drive


  1. Jacob Plogman says

    Dont work for mine. converted to FAT from FAT32 then directed MakeBootable to my drive letter (which was in the list of options) and it gives me an error everytime. (Failed… Could not find device specified) or something. Too bad, could have really used this.

  2. says

    @Jacob Plogman – it works successfully on my kingston pen drive…you can try using a different drive.

    @Jusdy J – ya it will only be profitable if your computer mother board support booting form a usb device.

    @Siddharth – glad that you liked the application

  3. jatin.suneja says

    heyyy!!!!!! gr888 job …..its really nice…
    itried on my datatravler .. and it works fine…
    guuud job guys….

  4. Chiefjoseph says

    Don’t work on my pen drive.
    The following work for me:-
    use rawrtie 2.0 (look for it in the net) to create an image file of your bootable floppy disk.
    use dd-0.5 ((look for it in the net) to write the image to your pen drive.

    command was :-
    dd -if=wstartup.img -of=\\.\K:

    where wstartup.img is the image file of the bootable floppy
    K: is the dirve for the pendrive

  5. riken patel says

    i cant make the pendrive bootable by using “make bootabel” softawre
    i give erroe that:delet three file
    one of that is COOMAND.COM
    and other two file
    where can i find that three file in my all set up file of WIN XP…
    if there is any othr method to make pen drive bootable the
    plz TELL ME

  6. Sreedhar says

    Hello the website says some error while downloading the file. Please can you upload the file to file sharing sites like or mediafire,com or

    Thank you for the info.

  7. raj says

    i have tried what u have told but it is showing boot partition not defined msg
    what should i do?

  8. atheeq ur rahaman says

    i m ready ro make my pen drive bootable. but wer is the software which ur sugessting.Makebootable

  9. basha says

    i am using a trancend 8gb pendrive . i can’t make it bootable using make boot device.tell an another method for trancend 8gb

  10. sanatan says

    i use vista home basic and i want to boot it to xp
    when i am useing makebootable.exe it is not supporting.

    please help

  11. SmartSanjib says

    this tool is noty working with my jetflash 2.0 1gb
    “make Device Bootable failed” message coming
    i have tried everything what u said..
    and i have already formated this in fat file System.
    Any Idea Plse..

  12. says


    I wants to make a bootable pendrive in win98. I fellow the step that was not getting. Some one help me it was very urgent.


  13. says

    Hello, Sir

    This is kanta prasad, sir I want make xp service pack2 bootable my penderive so I want to step by step help me please….. because I can’t do this so again please help me

  14. Kosh says

    The problem with makebootable or the HP flash key utilities or any of the other freeware tools is that they copy system files only, they don’t write to to the bootsector so if the bootsector is damaged or otherwise non-bootable none of these tools will work. At all.

    The only thing that worked for me was a program called FlashBoot which writes bootsector data as well as system files… unfortunately it’s not free.

  15. mahananda mehta says

    my kigston pendrive is not bieng booted by this process can you suggest us any way to solve our problem ?

  16. sudheer says

    after making pendrive as bootable and after installation of os
    can we use pendrive as previous that is for copying data

  17. ashish says

    after making pendrive as bootable and after installation of os
    can we use pendrive as previous that is for copying data

  18. abhishek says

    @zeeshan –

  19. jack says

    howto makebootable usb pen drive???? for xp vista windows 7 and linux platforms??? pls doreply in details cos i’m a beginner

  20. ananda nayak says




  21. santra says

    yes sure you can use your pen drive as well as what was it at first time you can use the pen drive for the copying purpose

  22. gaurav mishra says

    its good but i want softwear for convert the ntfs file into the fat,plese give download link for convertor

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