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Rufus Portable 3.11

Whats New (version 3.11)

- Add Rock Ridge deep directory support

- Add an option to write small ISOs to an ESP

- Add a cheat mode (Ctrl-SELECT) to extract content from an additional zip archive on top of the ISO

- Add a cheat mode (Alt-G) to disable Virtual Hard Disk listing

- Add a cheat mode (Alt-P) to toggle a GPT ESP to Basic Data (Windows 10 only)

- Fix improper x86 32-bit NTFS driver being used for UEFI:NTFS

- Improve UEFI:NTFS compatibility with older UEFI firmwares

- Improve startup time by running the ISO download feature check in the background

- Remove Ubuntu's splash screen for persistent UEFI drives

- Enable ASLR for the Rufus executable


Full Details
GENERAL
App NameRufus Portable
SloganCreate a bootable USB drive using a bootable ISO image
PublisherPortableApps
Publisher web sitehttp://portableapps.com/
Release DateApril 22, 2020
Update Last 6 Month1 time(s)
UPDATE
Last Update On2020/07/28
Version3.11
File NameExternal File
File Size755.93KB
OPERATING SYSTEMS
Main OSWindows
Compatible WithWindows XP/Vista/7/8/10
CATEGORY
CategoryUtilities & Operating Systems
SubcategorySystem Utilities
DOWNLOAD INFORMATION
Total Downloads256002
Downloads Last 7 Days89
PRICE And Limits
PriceFree
License ModelFree
LimitationsNot available

Rufus Portable is an utility that helps format and create bootable USB flash drives, such as USB keys or pendrives, memory sticks, etc. It can be be especially useful for cases where you need to create USB installation media from bootable ISOs (Windows, Linux, etc.), to work on a system that doesn’t have an OS installed, to flash a BIOS or other firmware from DOS, and to run a low-level utility.

Rufus Portable creates a bootable USB drive that can help you recover your system when very bad things happen to it. When your PC won’t start, the bootable disk you created in a rare moment of foresight will often let you boot into Safe Mode or System Recovery, where you can fix the problem and reboot normally. If the patient’s condition is more serious, you might even need a bootable disk to recover your OS, disk, or entire system from the full backup you also made (you did, right?). Years ago, bootable disks were floppies; then came CDs. Now optical drives are disappearing, too. But USB-attached storage devices holding gigabytes of data are everywhere. That’s where Rufus Portable comes in. It greatly eases the process of making a bootable disk, using a USB-attached storage device, including thumb drives and external HDDs. The portable version of Rufus comes from PortableApps, which takes exceptional open-source freeware and creates reliable portable versions.

Rufus can be useful for cases where:

  • you need to create USB installation media from bootable ISOs (Windows, Linux, UEFI, etc.)
  • you need to work on a system that doesn’t have an OS installed
  • you need to flash a BIOS or other firmware from DOS
  • you want to run a low-level utility

Rufus Portable’s user interface is small and efficient in layout. It identified five system devices, including the USB thumb drive we chose for our bootable disk. Most Windows users will want the default partition scheme, MBR for BIOS or UEFI computers, but Rufus also supports MBR and GPT schemes for UEFI machines. The File System menu is your USB drive’s format, such as FAT (default) or FAT32 (our drive) though Rufus supports NTFS, UDF, and exFAT, too. Rufus offers custom Cluster Size and Format options, including the option to encode your disk in MS-DOS or FreeDOS or create an ISO image you can burn to disk. We created our disk and then successfully booted our system with it.

Be aware that Rufus reformats your USB drive, so be sure to back up and save any existing data before you hit “Start.” Rufus uses very little space, so you can use the rest of the drive normally. Just keep it handy when disaster strikes!

Creating an ISO image from a physical disc or from a set of files is very easy to do however, through the use of a CD burning application, such as the freely available CDBurnerXP or BurnAware.