Make your pen drive bootable with MakeBootable

June 28, 200847 Comments

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

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  1. Jusdy J. says:

    is it usefull if our computer is not recognize boot from USB?

  2. 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.

  3. Siddharth says:

    this is cool I will use it if I buy myself a pendrive :D

  4. abhishek 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

  5. Nirmal says:

    Pretty good application, I’ll try it out on my drive.

  6. paresh says:

    great useful article.

  7. jatin.suneja says:

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

  8. 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

  9. 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 plz

  10. kenny ong says:

    i cant get for tat software, Website link got error.

  11. 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.

  12. raj says:

    i want to install xp through pen drive what should i do?

  13. raj says:

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

  14. rollins says:

    does every motherboard support booting from a pendrive…nice tutorial though.

  15. atheeq ur rahaman says:

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

  16. 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

  17. shirin says:

    Help me please i couldnt find the site to download:((

  18. MR INTERNET says:


  19. sanatan says:

    Hi, 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

  20. samuel says:

    my login screen has been attacked by a virus and crashed it. i was using the packvista inspirate software. please help

  21. 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..

  22. rakhi says:

    hi, 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. Regards rakhi

  23. tanuj says:

    sorry yar rakhi i dont hav ny idea

  24. dj faris says:

    this software only works with pen drives supporting phison chips

  25. kanta 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

  26. 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.

  27. mahananda mehta says:

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

  28. bharat k nepali says:

    send me some idea how to make a bootable pen drive

  29. john says:

    i want to install operating system into my pendrive, can?how?

  30. sudheer says:

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

  31. ashish says:

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

  32. sonai das says:

    how to make a bootable pendrive xp

  33. kamal says:

    how to make a bootable pendrive xp plz kindly ans me .

  34. Zeeshan Haider says:

    how to make a bootable pendrive xp and windows 7

  35. Zeeshan Haider says:

    Complet server installation

  36. abhishek says:

    @zeeshan –

  37. Alok says:

    not working in windows 7…..

  38. jack says:

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

  39. azeem says:

    sir pen drive bootable karne ka software ka kya naam h or download kaha se hoga

  40. azeem says:

    Sir Pen Drive software to Bootbale the name of t Will be downloaded and added

  41. ananda nayak says:


  42. vikas says:

    what is fat file system ????????? how can i format my PD using fat?

  43. 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

  44. VENKAT says:

    yes ….. i got it bootable pen drive xp

  45. manish says:

    this software is very good

  46. 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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