If Bootable USB Not Working, Try Solutions Here!

Jean updated on Sep 23, 2019 to Backup and Recovery | How-to Articles

A Windows bootable USB memory stick holds everything which enables a computer to start. So, did you create your own bootable USB flash drive or did you ever try to boot from USB on a Windows computer successfully? Wait, what if bootable USB not working in your hand? Then it's worth your while to stop by this article, which collects 3 effective solutions to help fix a not working bootable USB hard drive in Windows 10, 8.1, 8 and 7.

Scenarios That Possibly Tell You Bootable USB Not Working

  • Bootable USB is not detected as a boot device;
  • Bootable USB not showing up or recognized in bios;
  • Stuck on the boot menu screen and won't proceed;
  • Can't boot from USB even select the right boot option.

Suggestions for a Quick Error Check and Troubleshooting

Different manners of USB installation media creation account for different boot failures. As we know, some popular ways to create a bootable USB or disc include manually downloading iso image from Microsoft page, using third-party USB bootable software or creating bootable USB using cmd without any software.

Hence, in order to instantly find out where goes wrong with your own bootable USB stick, we have some useful suggestions here.

1. Take your USB hard drive and use it on another computer, see if it works.

2. Disable Safe boot and change the Boot Mode to "CSM" or "Legacy" instead of "UEFI".

3. If you created a Windows To Go USB flash drive and see the error message "this is not a removable drive and isn't compatible with Windows to go", it means that you're right now creating Windows To Go with non-certified USB flash drive, and this type of bootable USB will not be working.

Last Resort: Start over to Make a Bootable USB Flash Drive 

In case that all three workarounds failed to rectify the problem, it's time to take the last chance to make USB drive bootable. EaseUS Todo Backup offers a brilliant feature called "Create Portable Windows USB drive", and it's recognized as the best alternative function of the famous Windows To Go creator in Windows 8 and higher Windows Enterprise editions.

Generally, no matter which Windows version or edition users are running right now, they're allowed to install Windows OS on a USB flash drive that can be taken anywhere on any computer. Most of all, it creates a bootable USB flash drive without boot problems.

To fix your bootable USB not working issue, turn to this system backup software and create a new bootable USB drive now!

Video tutorial:

Step guide:

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Todo Backup. Expand the menu and click "System Clone" in the lower position.

click system clone

Step 2. On the "System clone" window, the software will choose the system partition and boot partition by default. Just Choose the USB drive as the destination disk. 

Click on "Advanced options" and then "Create Portable Windows USB drive". Click "OK".

choose the usb drive to create a portable windows usb drive

Click "Proceed". The software will start immediately cloning the default partitions of your desktop/laptop to the USB drive. After the cloning process is over, you can safely plug the USB drive out.

start to create portable windows usb drive

Step 3. To boot the cloned system from the USB drive on other Windows devices, just connect the drive to the device. After the connection, wait for the computer configuring system settings and you will finally arrive at the desktop screen that's exactly the same with that of the cloned system.

Put the "username" and "password" of the cloned system. You should now successfully enter the cloned system.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Why choose EaseUS Todo Backup?

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What is the difference between Clone and Backup? In what cases should I use Clone?

Clone will copy one disk to another or one partition to another (unallocated space is also supported). Usually, this option is used to upgrade the current disk by creating an identical copy. Backup will generate a .PBD image file containing the selected files or system that can be restored from the .PBD image if needed.

What is the difference between System Backup and Disk Backup?

System Backup will auto-select the system boot related partition(s) as the backup source to make sure the system image can be restored properly. Disk/Partition Backup will allow you to manually select a whole disk or speficy a certain partition as the backup source. You will get the same backup result as System Backup if you manually select the system and boot partitions with the Disk/Partition Backup option.

As a computer newbie, what features should I use to protect my computer?

You can use System Backup to back up the system and boot partitions, use Disk/Partition backup to back up the data partition and add plans to run an automatic backup. If you use the computer frequently or have software that may cause boot failure of the computer, we would suggest you back up the computer every 1 to 2 days. For other situations, you can backup the computer once a week. In addition, you can schedule File Backup to back up the files which are changed frequently.

What kind of storage service should I use to save my backup images?

EaseUS Todo Backup can save backup images to internal disks, external disks, network drives, or free cloud(Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive) and CD/DVD. It is suggested to save the images to the internal/external/network drives to save time as those kinds of disks have a better read-write speed. It is suggested NOT to save the image on the source disk, because once the disk is damaged, all the files on the disk will become unavailable and you will be unable to restore the image.

As a company network administrator, what features should I use to protect our internal computers?

It is recommended that you use the SQL Backup feature to back up your company's SQL server and Exchange Backup feature to back up the Exchange server. In addition, you can execute System Backup to back up the system and boot partitions on every computer and set a plan to execute the backup once a day or twice a week to ensure that the computer can be restored timely when it has boot issues. File Backup feature can be used to back up important user data. If there are a large quantity of computers, you can purchase EaseUS Backup Center to manage the backups on the client computers centrally.

About EaseUS Todo Backup

Be it a file, system, partition, or disk, EaseUS Todo Backup will help you back up or clone the item and provide you with multiple backup plans.