I don’t know about you, but I dislike dealing with DVD burning these days. I don’t even have a player and/or burner installed in my main PC. When I want to install an operating system on one of my computers, I found a much easier and faster method; Bootable USB flash drives!
We are going to use Powershell v3 in Windows 8 for this tutorial. Powershell v3 on Windows 8 contains the cmdlets needed to perform the following instructions.
How to create bootable USB drive using Powershell on Windows 8
Mount the ISO
Start by launching an elevated Powershell window (runas Administrator).
[powershell]Mount-DiskImage –ImagePath “<path to the .iso file>”[/powershell]
Prepare USB Drive
Create a bootable USB drive using Powershell:
[powershell]Clear-Disk –Number 6 –RemoveData[/powershell]
6 = The disk number that represents your USB flash drive. This might be different on your setup.
[powershell]New-Partition –DiskNumber 6 –UseMaximumSize –IsActive:$true[/powershell]
[powershell]Format-Volume –FileSystem NTFS –DriveLetter d[/powershell]
[powershell]bootsect.exe /NT60 D:[/powershell]
D: = The drive letter that represents your USB flash drive. This might be different on your system.
[powershell]Copy-Item –Recurse e:\* d:\ -verbose[/powershell]
e:\* = The drive letter that represents your mounted ISO drive. This might be different on your system.
d:\ = The drive letter that represents your USB flash drive. This might be different on your system.
-verbose = Shows you what is happening behind the scenes (status of file copy). Since this process can take some time, it’s nice to use the -verbose option to make sure something is happening. I didn’t use it in this example though.