Rufus latest version forces NTFS creating bootable drives


  1. Posts : 11,210
    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux
       #1

    Rufus latest version forces NTFS creating bootable drives


    Hi folks

    Watch out if you use Rufus to create bootable drives from ISO's
    The latest version doesn't give an option to use FAT32 in some cases when creating a UEFI boot drive (or hybrid MBR/UEFI CSM boot).

    A lot of UEFI computers don't boot NTFS drives -- OK the latest ones do but there's a lot of old ones out there still.

    Hopefully RUFUS will fix in a future release.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  2. Posts : 305
    Microsoft Win 10
       #2

    Thank you for the information and report to continue having the previous version of the program. While solving.
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  3. Posts : 835
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit 21H2 19044.1806
       #3

    jimbo45 said:
    The latest version doesn't give an option to use FAT32 in some cases when creating a UEFI boot drive (or hybrid MBR/UEFI CSM boot)
    ...

    Hopefully RUFUS will fix in a future release.
    I had a similarly disappointing surprise with Rufus getting the 2004 iso onto a FAT32 bootable USB.

    But my understanding from this post below, is the larger install.wim that's downloaded, and that's bigger than 4gb is not a Rufus issue.

    MCT boot usb

    Bree said:
    It's not up to Rufus, you're just getting a link to download the ISO direct from Microsoft. It is Microsoft's decision to put the larger install.wim in all their direct download ISOs.
    My short experience with Rufus was even though the FAT32 option was not offered for the 2004 iso, the process created the disk with a main NTFS partition suitable for this large install.wim

    and

    it also created what looked to be a separate FAT32 stub on the USB called 'Drive F:' with a single /gpt folder, I believe it was, which I assumed was some kind of 'workaround'?

    Honestly I stopped at that point in my test and took a different path.
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  4. Posts : 446
    Windows 10
       #4

    Rufus has done this for a long time, it´s not a bug. It is used when the ISO contains files grater than 4 GB. Rufus creates a partition with the NTFS drivers necessary to boot. For this to work, Secure Boot must be disabled, I don´t know if this has changed.
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