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Guide: How to make USB bootable

I have received a lot of doubts related to installing any operating system. Though if you go ahead and Google the query you will surely find the answers. But then I thought to make my own version of Guide on how to make USB bootable explaining each and everything. I will also recommend some of the software that I use to make USB bootable. So let us begin with the very basic question that is, what is USB bootable?

Guide: How to make USB bootable

What is USB bootable?

Before the trend of USB drives/Pen drives, we all used to install an operating system using a CD/DVD. But now everybody has USB drives which we can use to install the operating system. Now as you know that once you boot your system, after the company branding the operating system kicks in. So if we need to replace that operating system we need to do it before the operating system starts. So all the files of installation comes in a common format called “.ISO”. ISO is basically an image of the optical disc, meaning it has the files copied from the optical disk sector by sector. So if you wanted to generate an exact virtual image of an optical disc, you would do that in the ISO format. All the files are packaged in one single file that ends with a .iso extension. Answering the main question, USB bootable means we will basically copy all the files from the ISO file to USB drive in such a way that it boots on the startup. So one thing is clear that all operating system will come in ISO format.

Where can you find the ISO file?

Well for most of the free Linux distribution it will be available on their respective websites. For Windows you can may be search for it on Google for the official ISO file. For Windows 7/8 I have mentioned a tool below that can also download the ISO file for you. And apart from that you always have one other source where you find all the things which I can’t say it directly but it starts with ‘T’.

Requirements

  • ISO file of operating system
  • A USB drive of 8GB at least (USB 3.0 would be preferable)
  • A software to make USB bootable

We will be using a software to make USB bootable. It all depends on which operating system you are thinking to install. Nowadays most of the tools support all operating system and are universal. The list of top tools with their download links is given below. Use any one of them.

Software USB bootable:

If you are familiar with Linux then you can also use DD commands which works great too. Before starting with the procedure let me tell you that if you are thinking to dual boot then you can go for the alternative of running the operating system using virtual machine software. Also if you want to do it for DVD then just burn the .iso image directly on it or use the same tools.

GUIDE: How to make USB bootable?

I am going to use Rufus for showing you the procedure.

  1. To begin with make sure that your USB drive is blank and has no files, as this procedure will delete everything.
  2. Next launch any software from the aforementioned link, very few will actually require installtion.
  3. After that it will ask you to choose various things out of which two options are really important. One is USB drive letter and second is .ISO file location. Apart from that the name of operating system may or may not be asked.
    Note: While selecting just choose the option that says I have the ISO file or else it will re-download the whole thing.

    Guide: How to make USB bootable

    Rufus USB bootable Options

  4. After selecting those options you can choose if you want to format the drive or not. Well format is recommended from my side.
  5. So the preparations are done and now you can go ahead click start which will give you some warnings just click yes.
  6. After certain time interval the progress bar will hit 100% and the process will be completed. Now it is safe to remove the USB drive.

This is how to make USB bootable using software and ISO file. There is again one step left before you start the installation which is, go to BIOS setting of your machine and check the boot priority. Always set the boot priority of USB drive to the top so that it boots before the hard disk or DVD-ROM. If you have done the procedure carefully you will see installtion starting. If there is any issue then may be your ISO file is corrupted. If you have any doubts please do mention them in the comment section below.

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Portronics Hanger wired optical mouse review

Mouse is a device that we use daily but we don’t pay much attention to. You would be really surprised to know how a good quality mouse changes the precision of your clicks. So this article is all about Portronics hanger wired optical mouse review. This is the first time I would be doing the review of a mouse.

Portronics Hanger wired optical mouse Review:

Portronics Hanger wired optical mouse

Design

The dimensions of the mouse are 104 X 63.5 X 35 mm and it weighs 80.2 gm. It is ambidextrous that means it can be used easily by both left-handed as well as right-handed person. There is a silicon grip around the mouse which really helps to maintain a firm grip on the mouse. The length of the cord of mouse is 1.2m which is sufficient to connect it with the rear USB port of PC. The mouse is comfortable to use for prolonged period of time. The only problem that I faced while using the mouse was, simultaneous pressing of left and right click buttons while gaming due to design and high sensitivity of button. This may be because I don’t have a habit to use flat mouse, but in normal use it worked excellent.

Performance

Hanger mouse sensitivity 1000dpi

Hanger(mouse) has an optical sensor with 1000dpi sensitivity which gives high precision in controlling the mouse pointer. I tried using the mouse on various surface and it worked on glass surface too. It is a plug n play device so you don’t need to install any drivers or software separately. Hanger is compatible with all the latest operating system of Windows and Mac OS. One interesting thing is that it can run on your android phone too, you just need an OTG cable for the connection.

Availability and Pricing

Hanger mouse dual color combination

It is available in three dual colour combinations of black-grey, white-grey and white-red. The price of the Portronics hanger mouse is Rs.299. You get a special discount if you buy from the link below.

Update: After using the mouse for 2 months, the scroll is not working properly. This may be device specific or a mechanical problem.

So this was the Portronics Hanger wired optical mouse review in detail. If you are looking for a cheap and reliable mouse for normal usage, then Hanger is highly recommended for you. I won’t suggest it for hardcore gamers. Please post your suggestions and doubts in the comment section below.

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Tips on fast charging smartphones and other gadgets

Charging devices is a thing that every gadget user will hate but unfortunately it is necessary. You need to juice up your device after some interval depending on your battery life. One thing that we ignore is all the factors that decide the charging time. If your device takes much longer to charge, then follow our tips on fast charging smartphones or other gadgets. This will increase the charging speed and reduce the time it takes to charge battery. All the tips mentioned below will focus on smartphone, though some may apply on other gadgets like tablet, portable chargers too.

Tips on Fast charging smartphone and other gadgets

Tips on fast charging smartphones and other gadgets

Choose a Proper Wall charger

First thing, a wall charger will be the fastest source of charging as compared to Laptop USB port. You need to check the power rating of your charger. To do that, pick up your charger and search for the word OUTPUT then check the voltage (5V), current (mA or A) or may be power(Watts) where Power=(Volt*Current). So for fast charging I recommend you at least get a 5V 2A rating charger. If you experience slow charging then mostly your charger’s output current rating would be 1A or less. Most of the normal charger will have 5V constant voltage but the current will vary. Note your device will only consume the amount of current it needs irrespective of the input current you provide. So don’t worry you will not blow up your device with a high current charger. I recommend the Sony CycleEnergy Wall adapter which has a rating of 5V 2.1A. It also includes 1.5m good quality USB cable. Note you can charge all your smartphones/tablets/Portable Chargers with this device irrespective of the brand.


Nowadays most smartphones comes with a Quick charge feature introduced by Qualcomm which allows your device to consume more power and reduce the charging time substantially. To check if your smartphone is Quick Charge 2.0 enabled, download this LIST. If so then you can use the Qualcomm certified chargers like the Aukey 18W adapter given below which is costly.

If we see the list of portable chargers, ASUS Zenpower has the highest current rating of 2.4A followed by OnePlus and Xiaomi power banks.

Check your USB cable

Oh yes, the USB cable can also affect the charging time as it is the medium through which current flows. So if you have bought a USB cable from a local store, chances are, that it may limit the current flow. Try using another good quality USB cable which you can buy online. Remember USB cable more than 1.5m may slow down charging depending on the quality. Strictly avoid using USB cable extensions.

Avoid Laptop’s or PC’s USB port (Use USB 3.0 if needed)

Tips on fast charging smartphones and other gadgets

Laptop USB 3.0 Port

You should generally use Wall chargers instead of Laptop’s or PC’s USB port due to the current limitation. A normal USB 2.0 has a max current output of 500mA(2.5W) whereas the new USB 3.0(Blue color) supports upto 900mA current(4.5W). The dedicated USB charging ports supports upto 1.5A(6.5W) output current. So if need arises go for USB 3.0 or a dedicated USB charging port available in some laptops.

Perform these tasks before charging

Close all the running process/background apps on your smartphone or tablet. Turn off Wifi or Data if there is no need. You can also power down your device or switch on Airplane Mode to enable fast charging.

Let your device cool down

Never put a device on charging in direct sunlight or at high temperature. High temperatures may result in slow charging. You can additionally remove the case if the device is a bit hot. Always charge your devices at normal room temperature.

Proper Battery maintenance

There are some tips that you can follow to enhance the battery life of any gadget. Firstly perform a full charge cycle(0% to 100%) every month to ensure good battery life. Next tip never overcharge your device, or put it to charging full night. This is surely going to affect the battery in long run. Next try to keep your smartphone’s battery level between 40-80%. These all tips will surely add some more days to the overall battery life.

So these were the tips on fast charging smartphones and other gadgets. Let me know if I missed any point through the comment section below. Also if these tips helped you, do share it with your friends using the sharing buttons below.

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Remove write protection from USB drive

Once i visited one of my friend’s house. He had some pics of school time in his laptop. So i inserted my usb drive in his laptop, and tried to copy those photos into my usb. Whops! I see a error message. It says “The disk is write-protected”. So now what to do? Will that be permanent? Obviously not. You can remove write protection from USB drive by using some commands. We will use windows cmd console for typing these commands. So lets start.

How To Remove Write Protection From USB drive??

  • First open cmd by pressing WIN+R(Run) and then type cmd and press enter.
    Remove write protection from USB drive
  • Now you will see something like below (CMD console). Type diskpart and press enter. Like i have done.
    Remove write protection from USB drive
  • Diskpart will start now. Now type list disk and press enter. Refer image below.
    Remove write protection from USB drive
  • Now it will list the disks connected. You have to select disk 1.
    Type select disk 1 and press enter.
    Remove write protection from USB drive
  • Now we will remove write protection from usb drive.
    type attributes disk clear readonly and press enter.
    Remove write protection from USB drive
  • Sometimes after you have executed the command, you have to remove and reinsert the usb, to remove write protection successfully.
  • Now you have full access over your usb drive. You can copy,delete and modify all of its content,

In this way you have successfully remove write protection from USB drive. So its basically few commands. If you do it in the right way as mentioned above, then this method will definitely work out for you.

If you have any doubts regarding this method, then do post in the comment section below. I will be happy to help.

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