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  1. Install RMPrepUSB onto your Windows computer
  2. Copy RMPrepUSB to another disk so that you can run RMPrepUSB from any Windows system (i.e. portable)
  3. Wipe, Partition and Format a USB drive
  4. Make a USB drive that will boot to DOS (for instance to flash a new BIOS onto a computer)
  5. Backup an image of a USB drive and then restore it to a different USB drive
  6. Check to see if a USB Flash memory drive is good or fake (e.g. eBay / 'bargain' purchase)
  7. Check the read and write speed of your USB drive
  8. Introduction to making a multi-boot USB drive (e.g. have one flash drive that can install Windows 7, Server 2008, run Hirens Boot CD, wipe CMOS, wipe hard disks, boot to linux, run backtrack 4, boot to WinPE to image hard disks, etc.)

Install RMPrepUSB onto your Windows computer

If you want to install RMPrepUSB and all associated files onto your Windows computer, just click on the Download tab at the top of this page and click on the Download underlined link that you want - I would recommend the full multilingual installer link. A ZIP file will download to your computer which contains a single .exe file. Unzip the ZIP file and then double-click on the exe file. Then follow the prompts to install RMPrepUSB to your Windows PC. You can untick the Desktop shortcut and Start Menu options if you wish - click on the image below to see a step by step example:

UnInstalling RMPrepUSB

If you wish to uninstall RMPrepUSB, then use the Start Menu uninstall entry - click on the image below for an example:

The uninstall process deletes RMPrepUSB registry entries 
and will prompt you before it deletes your QEMU virtual disk image (if present).

The portable version can be found by clicking on the Download tab at the top of the site page.

Once formatted, the USB drive should boot as drive C: (you can test this by pressing F11 in RMPrepUSB to emulate booting).

  • Click on the USB->File button to start the process...

  • Next choose the location that you want the image file to be stored at and click the Open button to open a new file (or an existing file)
  • Next choose which bit of the USB drive you want to start from - usually this is always the first sector, so use the default of 0

  • Next choose the length (size) of the image. The default option is PALL which means all partitions will be copied to the image file.

  • Finally, you can choose the point in the image file at which you wish to insert the USB data. This option allows you to overwrite individual portions of an existing image file with data from your USB drive should you wish to do so. Normally, in 99% of cases, this should always be set to 0 (start of file).

  • Finally, you will be asked to confirm these settings:

This will make a copy of your USB contents to an image file. The image file is not compressed. If you wish, you can use 7Zip or WinZip to compress the file for storage and delete the original image file, however you will need to unzip the file before RMPrepUSB can use it.

You can then use the image file you have just made to restore the original contents of the USB drive at any time in the future or even to copy the contents of the USB drive to another USB drive (of the same size or larger). Just use the File->USB button.

If you have, four USB drives and you want to use the same image on all of them, take an image using the smallest USB drive first and then copy that image onto the other 3 drives.

Check to see if a USB Flash memory drive is good or fake (e.g. China eBay or 'bargain' purchase)

You can and should test every new USB flash drive you use with H2TESTW. However, this utility is quite slow and does not test every byte unless you format the USB drive first so that it is empty. It is much quicker and easier to use RMPrepUSB - Quick Size Test. 

Just click this button and RMPrepUSB will quickly erase and test your USB flash drive. The screenshots below show what happened when I tested a cheap 16GB USB flash drive bought from China on eBay. The RMPrepUSb size test took just 50 seconds, H2TESTW took over 3 hours to test the drive and returned similar results!

Introduction to making a multi-boot USB drive

You can combine many of the tutorials on this website to make your own USB drive which can do many more things besides just store and transport your files. The basic principles of many of these tutorials are quite simple and consist of four primary steps:
1. Partition and format a USB drive using RMPrepUSB
2. Install the grub4dos boot manager using the Install grub4dos button on RMPrepUSB
3. Add your files. These could be ISO files, disk image files, OS files or even files which are prepared as empty ext2 filesystem volumes
4. Finally, edit your menu.lst file to make a user menu so the user can select which OS or program to boot to.

For examples of menus and more details, visit the grub4dos tutorial. Also see the sidebar for many more tutorials or watch some YouTube tutorials and don't forget ... have fun!

Updated on Aug 31, 2011 by Steve Si (Version 24)

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