Tutorials:USB Installation

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This tutorial will guide you through the steps to formating and copying over the UBCD to your USB Flash Drive with the program RMPrepUSB. This guide does not contain help on modifying any of the extracted content; if you are looking for a specific guide that is not available here, please check the UBCD forums for more help and information. It is highly recommended that after completing this tutorial that you test the USB Flash Drive by booting your computer from it. The good news is that if it doesn't work the first time you can easily just edit/update files and try again unlike a cd/dvd where it is permanent. Makes adding more programs just as easy.

WARNING: If you skip requirements, you do so at your own risk, as you may encounter issues that will be traced back to not being prepared.


Before we jump into the guide, you will need the following:

  • 2. RMPrepUSB program (Freeware - for private use only). The version I will be using is v2.0.737. Never-the-less, you should download the latest version of it. I have already extracted it to the same folder as the extracted UBCD ISO.
  • 3. At least a 512MB USB Flash Drive. These and larger sizes can be picked up for relatively cheap just about anywhere. If you are going to be adding more programs to it, always make sure you have extra space.

After checking that you have met all requirements we can proceed with the tutorial.

Let Us Begin!

1. RMPrepUSB extracted in the same folder as the extracted UBCD ISO (ubcd-extract).


2. Going into the RMPrepUSB extracted folder you will find several items. The program you want to run is "RMPrepUSB"(.exe). Note: In Vista/7 you will have to run this program as Administrator.


3. The program should open and look something similar to this.


4. At this point I recommend you "Clean" the drive using the red Clean button near the bottom right side of the program. It will overwrite the MBR with 0's on the drive and could prevent errors from occurring during the next steps. You may skip this step tho, if you so chose, but if you get an error in the next step, then you may have to Clean it anyways. You will receive a prompt confirming whether you want to format or not, choose "OK" to continue, or "Cancel" to cancel.


5.b The program has been convenient numbered. All you really need to do is follow the numbers in order, but I would like to describe the items for you in order:

  • 1. Size - You may chose to shrink the size (Default is Max Size)
  • 2. Volume Label - You may chose a name for your drive so you can distinguish one drive from another. Note 1: Max Characters for a windows drive is 11, anything after will be trimmed to 11. Note 2: The Label MAY ONLY contain the following: Letters (A-Z) and Numbers (0-9) [unfortunately it doesn't stop you from trying]'

  • 3. BOOT Options - Allows you to choose several ways to boot the drive depending on your need and configurations.
  • 4. Filesystem and Overrides - Formatting options with several advanced features.
  • 5. Location to folder you would like contents to be copied.
  • 6. Prepare Drive - Starts the process of formating and copying files.

5.b The settings I will be using on an unmodified version of UBCD v5.0 are (See image):

  • 1. Size = MAX
  • 2. Volume Label = UBCDv5
  • 3. BOOT Options = SYSLINUX Bootable
  • 4. Filesystem and Overrides = FAT32 + (Check the Box) Boot as HDD (2PTNS)
  • 5. Copy OS Files - (Check the box) = Location (dependant on Windows version):
  • For XP: C:\Documents and Settings\Your_Username\My Documents\ubcd-extract
  • For Vista/7: C:\User\Your_Username\My Documents\ubcd-extract

6. After you have selected the options/parameters, you may proceed and select the last step of 6 (see above image).

6.a The program will immediately ask you if you are sure you would like to use the selected parameters we have selected. Clicking "OK" will continue and "Cancel" will halt the process.


6.b Followed by asking you if it's "OK" to format and partition the drive. Note: You will lose all data on the drive if you continue.


6.c You may see a Command Prompt open and then suddenly close, this is normal. After the drive has been formated and partitioned, it will start copying the files over from the folder location we provided earlier, in this case "ubcd-extract" folder.


6.d Finished copying files over. A reminder that once we have finished, to eject (unmount) the drive instead of just unplugging the drive.


7.a There will now be a series of Prompts relating to SysLinux parameters. This gallery shows all the Prompts (IN ORDER) and short answers:

8. After all the Prompts, will go back to RMPrepUSB program. You may now want to check your USB Flash Drive to see if everything worked and boot from it to test it. Note: Make sure you enable "Boot From USB" in your BIOS. The finished USB Flash Drive should look similar to:


This concludes the tutorial. If you have any questions regarding help or the instructions provided, please visit us on the UBCD Forums. You may also want to check out more Tutorials.