Create a Bootable USB Flash Drive

You can create a bootable USB flash drive using Windows Server 2012 to deploy elements of . The first step is by using DiskPart , which is a command-line utility to prepare the USB flash drive. Information about DiskPart , see DiskPart Command-Line Options.

For additional scenarios in which you may want to create or use a bootable USB flash drive, see the following topics

To create a bootable USB flash drive:
  1. Insert a USB flash drive into a running computer.

  2. Open a Command Prompt window as an administrator.

  3. Type diskpart.

  4. In the new command line window that opens, to determine the USB flash drive number or drive letter, at the command prompt, type list disk, and then click ENTER. The list disk command displays all the disks on the computer. Note the drive number or drive letter of the USB flash drive.

  5. At the command prompt, type select disk <X>, where X is the drive number or drive letter of the USB flash drive, and then click ENTER.

  6. Type clean, and the click ENTER. This command deletes all data from the USB flash drive.

  7. To create a new primary partition on the USB flash drive, type create part pri, and then click ENTER.

  8. To select the partition that you just created, type select part 1, and then click ENTER.

  9. To format the partition, type format fs=ntfs quick, and then click ENTER.

    If your server platform supports Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI), you should USB flash drive formatted as FAT32, instead of NTFS. Format the partition as FAT32, type format FS = FAT32 quick , and then press the ENTER key.
  10. Type active, and then click ENTER.

  11. Type exit, and then click ENTER.

  12. When you are ready to complete your custom image , save it to a USB flash drive’s root directory.