As to why it’s called Rufus, we’d have to ask Pete Batard. But Rufus is arguably the best lightweight bootable USB flash disk utility available on Windows today. In fact, if you are one to create a bootable disc image or ISO from time to time, we’re willing to bet that you’ve used Rufus at least once.
In today’s world where Laptops and PCs are being demanded in increasingly thin specs, manufacturers have wasted no time in doing away with DVD drives and Blu-ray players.
In the absence of a DVD or a DVD drive, Rufus plays a powerful role in helping users to turn their flash drives into a form of reusable DVDs. While there are other software like UNetbootin and Universal USB installer, Rufus is marginally faster, more efficient and more reliable that its competitors. As the software continues to be developed and improved on many fronts, here’s our Rufus 2018 review.
Rufus – Program features and performance
Rufus is primarily used to create a bootable DVD drive and USB installation media using flash drives in the absence of real DVDs. The software configures and programs Flash drives to run like discs with images for installation.
Rufus is typically useful for the creation of USB installation media from bootable ISOs, for running low-level utility or for working atop a system that does not have a specific OS installed. Rufus can create bootable media from Windows, UEFI, Linux and much more. The software also works great for flashing BIOS and other DOS-based firmware.
In simpler terms, Rufus can be used to create and store a fresh copy of your Windows 10 ISO file on a flash drive should the need for re-installation arise or installation on several PCs without having to re-download the ISO file. Rufus works great when updating motherboard firmware or for running bootable applications or creating bootable ISO of Apple’s macOS High Sierra.
On the performance aspect, Rufus is alarmingly efficient, easy and superfast. The super-speedy software clocks twice the speed and more of rivals such as UNetbootin, Windows 7 USB download tool or Universal USB Installer. Rufus is also just as impressive when creating Linux bootable USBs from ISO files. When it comes to the installation and software dependencies, Rufus stands out. The software requires no installation to use. Users only need to download the compressed folder, extract the exe file and double click the file to run but it is noteworthy that the software does uses a last version of xinput1_3.dll file for windows processes to run effectively. DLL files are dynamic link libraries that store information for processes on Windows. Since the bootable utility of Rufus is an advancement on the basic functionality of Windows OS features, it is easy to understand the importance of these DLL files and windows services.
The Rufus software already comes with some set of pre-set and defaults settings that can be used with one click. You will however, want to set the file system to FAT32 to ensure a wider range of compatibility.
Using Rufus is very easy. To create a new bootable USB flash drive, simply click the disc icon to browse and load and ISO file. Click start and watch it work. It’s that easy.
Rufus also supports both GPT and UEFI boot systems and now comes with some extra hacks and advanced format options that can help your drive be compatible and recognizable by older PCs. More often than not however, you will hardly use this feature.
There are a handful of customizable options apart from changing the file system type. For instance, you can edit the volume label, disable quick format or enable disk checking on the USB drive to scan for bad blocks. The advanced options allow for manipulation of cluster size and partition scheme.
Depending on the ISO file and how Rufus loads it, there may be additional features and options. For example, selecting a Windows installation ISO, you may be prompted create a Windows installation disk or setup Windows to Go.
It is important to state that any of the device you aim to use with Rufus for any process whatsoever will be formatted during the process. This means that all the content on the USB drive will be permanently erased. A handy feature in Rufus is the fact that only removable drives are listed under the available devices so you don’t mistakenly format any of your fixed drives.
In conclusion, Rufus is a very handy software that efficiently performs all ISO and USB bootable functions. Rufus can easily be troubleshooted and virus-free. The software is portable and comparatively faster than other bootable disk utilities out there.
Bottom line – Pros and Cons
- Multiple platform support (Windows, Linux, UEFI)
- Various disk, format and partition options
- No need for installation
- Only 1 ISO a time