MCT boot usb

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  1. Posts : 2,078
    Windows 10 Pro
       #1

    MCT boot usb


    Is it possible to move the boot media from one USB drive to another one with out having to create one.

    Example: I have a 8gb MCT bootable USB with version 1909 on it. Can I move/transfer it to another USB drive?
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  2. Posts : 444
    Windows 10
       #2

    You can use Rufus. Create a virtual VHD from the boot UFD, then build another UFD from this VHD.

    Also ImageUSB, Tools for OSForensics - ImageUSB - Write an image to multiple USB Flash Drives.

    Also an image program that supports this operation, like Terabyte IFW (Image for Windows). Create an image from the boot UFD, restore it to the other UFD. Macrium doesn´t do it.
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  3. Posts : 3,677
    Windows 11 Pro 64 Bit 21H2
       #3

    When you use the MCT it saves an ISO image of the Windows Installer to your HDD. You can just choose to use Rufus to burn a new flash drive from the ISO you saved
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  4. Posts : 2,078
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #4

    Anibor said:
    You can use Rufus. Create a virtual VHD from the boot UFD, then build another UFD from this VHD.

    Also ImageUSB, Tools for OSForensics - ImageUSB - Write an image to multiple USB Flash Drives.

    Also an image program that supports this operation, like Terabyte IFW (Image for Windows). Create an image from the boot UFD, restore it to the other UFD. Macrium doesn´t do it.
    Thanks
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  5. Posts : 2,078
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
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    spunk said:
    When you use the MCT it saves an ISO image of the Windows Installer to your HDD. You can just choose to use Rufus to burn a new flash drive from the ISO you saved
    This seems a bit easier and shall do that. I'm very familiar with Rufus. Thanks spunk.
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  6. Posts : 834
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit 21H2 19044.1766
       #6

    I saw this earlier in your other post and found the program easy to use and did exactly what I needed it to do, so a belated thanks!.

    Clone of a Bootable Flash Drive will not Boot


    Side note on MCT iso's compared to the generating a boot disk on line.


    I prefer MCT created USB's to MCT iso's because I found they use a compressed install.esd instead of the larger install.wim that comes down on the ISO and therefore the install.esd can fit on a Fat32 formatted USB. This supports both legacy and UFEI having found it doesn't require me to turn off Secure Boot as it would with NTFS formatted USB's that get created by Rufus from the MCT iso.

    And it's this utility 'imageUSB' that then lets me easily backup and move my MCT created Boot disks when I want to.
    Last edited by Farvatten; 20 Jul 2020 at 21:45.
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  7. Posts : 12,472
    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro
       #7

    Since I have more time than money I use the MCT process to both create the Bootable USB Thumb drive and save the .iso file used to create the DVD copy of the original drive. Since I upgraded my ISP from 12Mbps to 25Mpbs the downloads are much better.
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  8. Posts : 17,349
    Windows 11 Pro
       #8

    Plankton said:
    Is it possible to move the boot media from one USB drive to another one with out having to create one.

    Example: I have a 8gb MCT bootable USB with version 1909 on it. Can I move/transfer it to another USB drive?
    Code:
    diskpart
    list disk
    select disk #  <-replace # with the actual number of the new USB flash drive you want to create
    clean <-this will erase the disk selected above, make sure it is your new USB flash drive!
    convert mbr <-not really needed but won't hurt anything
    create partition pri
    format fs=fat32 quick
    active
    assign letter=t
    exit
    exit
    Then copy all the files and folders from your old USB flash drive to the new USB flash drive (T: drive).
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  9. Posts : 25,047
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #9

    The last time I actually made a usb directly using the MCT was for version 1709. Since then I have made the ISO, then made as many USBs as I need from that as NavyLCDR described above.

    A usb made in that way is identical in all respects to one made directly by the MCT.
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  10. Posts : 834
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit 21H2 19044.1766
       #10

    Bree said:
    The last time I actually made a usb directly using the MCT was for version 1709. Since then I have made the ISO, then made as many USBs as I need from that as NavyLCDR described above.
    A usb made in that way is identical in all respects to one made directly by the MCT.
    I'm not sure this is the case for the 2004 iso where the install.wim is too large for a Fat32 format as this ZDnet article brings attention to?

    MCT boot usb-install.wimtoolarge.jpg

    -update-

    This link is about problems with a pre-release iso of 2004.

    The Media Creation tool downloads the small install.esd


    Windows 10 installer files too big for USB flash drive? Here's the fix

    Or are you breaking the install.wim up into pieces with DISM as this fix suggests?





    Last edited by Farvatten; 20 Jul 2020 at 22:00.
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