How to Make Bootable Windows 10 USB Flash Drive Without Formatting?

A Flash drive is a portable and convenient device that enables you to save some necessary data, but what if it corrupts? According to common sense, formatting a corrupted flash drive can make it usable again while all your data will also be wiped. If you remove your USB drive without clicking Safely Eject/Eject or remove it when it is reading or writing data, it will get damaged easily.

A few freeware tools over the internet let you create a bootable USB flash drive of Windows 10 / 8 / 7. When we talk about a bootable USB flash drive, Rufus’s name comes first. Rufus is the most popular and fastest tool that lets you create a bootable USB flash drive and help create a Windows To Go USB drive.

A few names like WinUSB Maker, Windows USB/DVD Download Tool, AnyBurn, and ISO2Disc with a good user interface and let you easily create a bootable USB flash drive from an ISO file. One can even create a bootable USB flash drive using a command prompt, which is time-consuming and unsuitable for a novice.

You don’t have to worry about formatting the USB drive / Pen drive to create a bootable USB flash drive. Yes, you can create a bootable Windows USB drive without formatting your USB drive. EasyBCD is a freeware tool that lets you create a bootable USB drive without formatting the USB flash drive. In simple word, EasyBCD help you create a bootable Windows 7/8/8.1 USB drive without destroying the data on the USB. This tool is famous for editing the boot menu and various boot settings. This risewindows article will show you how to make a bootable Windows 10 USB flash drive without formatting.

How to create a bootable Windows USB drive without formatting the flash drive?

Step 1. First, extract Windows 10 / 8 / 7 ISO contents in a folder and copy them all into your USB flash drive.

Step 2. Now, download and run EasyBCD, the latest version, from this link.

Step 3. Then, launch the EasyBCD from the desktop icon. So, click the BCD Deployment button.

Step 4. After that, from the right side pane, under the Create External Bootable Media section, select the USB drive that you would like to make bootable without formatting and then click the Install BCD button.

Step 5. Next, you will see on the screen, “EasyBCD is applying the selected action.”

Step 6. Finally, click the Yes button when you see the Bootable Disk Created window.

Now close the EasyBCD software, and you are ready with a bootable Windows USB disk. To install Windows from a USB drive, change BIOS settings and start booting with a USB disk.

After creating a bootable USB flash drive, you can test it without installing it on your computer or laptop.

Quick Note: This guide will not work if your USB flash drive is formatted in the NTFS file system. Even if you can complete the procedure, you will be unable to Boot using a USB flash drive. In other words, your USB drive must be formatted in the FAT32 file system.

That’s it for the article.

I hope this post will be helpful to you.

Good luck & stay healthy, guys.

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