Creating a bootable flash in Windows 7

Step #1
Open up Command Prompt

You can do the first step within a normal command prompt window or within the WAIK Deployment Tools Command Prompt Window.

Step #2

This launches the DiskPart program which is included within Windows Vista x32, x64 and Windows 7 x32, x64.

Step #3
List Disk

Before you do anything you will want to see which disk is which on your computer.

Step #4
select disk 1

You will want to pick the corresponding disk in which you want to use for your bootable flash drive. Careful, because this will completely erase the disk you select.

Step #5

This cleans up your disk.

Step #6
create partition primary

This creates the partition on your flash drive.

Step #7
select partition 1

This selects the partition you just created in Step #6.

Step #8

This marks the select partition as active.

Step #9
format fs=fat32 quick

This will format your flash drive in FAT32 format. Make sure you use the quick command otherwise it will do a standard format and will take a while. For bootable flash drives the quick format will always be fine. You can also add the NTFS switch instead of the fat32 switch.

Step #10

This will assign the next available drive letter to your flash drive. (You can also specify which drive letter you would like it to be assigned)

Step #11

This exits DiskPart.

Step #12

This exits CMD.