There are more than three billion smartphone users worldwide today and it is expected to further grow by several hundred million in the next few years. But no doubt, we still do most of our work using personal computers. Not long ago while working as a billing officer, I went through what every person working with a computer wishes they never have to experience – their work computer crashing and, just to rub it in a little bit more, it takes all of their work files with it. Sure I had back-up, but like most people who would only “remember” to save files on an external disk every once in a while, my files were not updated. Furthermore, the flash disk that I was using was not a very reliable sidekick.
Rufus is an application that helps format and design bootable USB flash drives such as USB keys, memory sticks, and pen-drives. A small yet helpful tool known for efficiently performing its duties, it is a very useful gizmo for computers that do not have an operating system. It is capable of computing the cryptographic hash function MD5.
It is particularly beneficial when:
1. You need to build a USB installation media from bootable ISOs;
2. You need to flash a BIOS or other firmware from DOS;
3. You want to run a low-level utility; and, as mentioned,
4. If you desperately need to work on a system that doesn’t have an OS installed
It supports a variety of bootable .iso files, along with an assortment of Linux distributions and Windows installations, and it gives you the capability to carry and preserve your settings when moving from one computer to the next. Available for download in 38 languages including Arabic, Chinese, and Malay Lithuanian, it guides users in creating a formidable VHD drive for antivirus, backup, recovery, and security.
Two times faster than UNetbootin, Universal USB Installer or Windows 7 USB download tool, it boots at breakneck speed compared to other devices. Boasting its user-friendly system, users just need to insert the drive that is to be formatted, choose the necessary option, click start, and Voila! A new bootable USB in a matter of seconds.
Rufus goes well with various ISOs, such as Windows and Linux, and when recommended, it can install boot loaders like GRUB and SYSLINUX. Backing the installation of FreeDOS, MS-DOS and Windows To Go, being suitable for FAT, FAT32, exFAT, UDF, NTFS or ReFS, it is one of the most flexible software ever.
Rufus is an instrument that performs assigned tasks quickly and efficiently. It is secured and more importantly, it’s free. Gone are the days when a USB flash drive’s role is to simply store files that a floppy disk couldn’t handle. The nightmare of losing files at work can now be averted if you have an accomplice like the Rufus. All we need to do is to download it from a safe source and take advantage of all its awesome features. Have I mentioned that it’s free?