How to Make a Bootable FDISK for USB

By Dustin Thornton

FDISK is a utility that gives you the ability to create or remove partitions on a hard drive in a DOS environment. If your computer has an issue that prevents you from accessing Windows on the hard drive, you can use the FDISK utility to repair the problems. To create a bootable USB drive with FDISK on it, format the USB drive as a boot disk, then install the associated Windows boot disk files.

Things You'll Need

  • USB drive at least 256MB
  • HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool

Step 1

Right-click an empty space on your desktop, scroll down to "New" and select "Folder." Name the folder "Bootable FDISK."

Step 2

Click "Start" and select "My Computer." Double-click the "C:" drive.

Step 3

Click "Tools" and select "Folder Options." Click "View" and scroll down to "Hidden files and folders." Select "Show hidden files and folders" and click "OK."

Step 4

Copy the following files from the "C:" folder of your operating system to the "Bootable FDISK" folder on your

Step 5

Download the HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool and save it to your desktop (see Resources). Double-click the HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool and follow the on-screen prompts to install it.

Step 6

Connect your USB drive to an empty USB slot on your computer. Launch the HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool by double-clicking the icon on your desktop or selecting it from the "Start" menu. A new window will appear.

Step 7

Click the "Device" drop-down menu and select your USB drive. Be sure to select the correct USB drive if you have multiple USB storage devices connected to your computer.

Step 8

Click the "File system" drop-down menu and select "FAT32."

Step 9

Place a check-mark next to "Quick Format" and "Create a DOS startup disk."

Step 10

Click the button with the ellipses next to "using DOS system files located at" and browse to the "Bootable FDISK" folder on your desktop.

Step 11

Click "OK," then click "Start." Click "Yes" to confirm formatting the device.

Tips & Warnings

  • Formatting the USB drive using the HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool deletes all previous data on the USB drive.
  • Avoid using USB drives larger than 4GB as this can occasionally cause problems when creating an FDISK.
  • Not every computer can boot using a USB drive. Check the specifications of your motherboard before you attempt to boot using a USB drive.