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How to create a Hiren's BootCD USB Disk.

Hirens BootCD (HBCD) is a bootable CD that contains a set of tools that can help users
to fix their computer if their system fails to boot. More specifically, HBCD contains
hardware diagnostic programs, partition tools, data recovery utilities, antivirus tools
and many other tools to fix your computer problems. I write this article because I use
Hirens BootCD frequently to troubleshoot computer problems, specially when a
computer doesn't boot anymore due to a virus attack or due to a corrupted file system.
In this article you will find instructions on how to put Hirens BootCD on a USB flash
drive (stick) in order to troubleshoot computer problems in the future.

How to create a Hiren's Boot USB

Flash Drive.
Step 1. Download Hirens BootCD
1. Download Hirens BootCD to your computer.
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(Hirens BootCD Official Download page: http://www.hirensbootcd.org/download/ )

Scroll the page down and click on Hirens.BootCD.15.2.zip )

2. When the Download is complete, right click on Hirens.BootCD.15.2.zip file to

extract it.

Step 2: Download RUFUS USB Boot Creator Utility*.

* Rufus is an excellent utility that helps to create bootable USB flash drives, such as
USB keys/pendrives, memory sticks, etc.
1. Go to the official Rufus download page and download RUFUS USB Bootable
Creator Utility to your computer.

Step 3. Create a bootable Hirens BootCD USB flash drive.

1. Remove all USB storage drives from your computer and plug an EMPTY* USB stick
(minimum 1GB) to an empty USB port.
Attention: DO NOT leave your files on USB stick, because all files will be erased during
this operation.
2. Now double-click to run rufus application.

When Rufus utility starts:

3. Choose the empty USB stick that you plugged on your computer.

4. At Create a bootable disk using option, select ISO Image.

5. Then click the icon next to ISO Image entry to select the Hirens ISO Image file
Hiren's.BootCD.15.2.iso from your computer.

6. Inside the Hirens Boot 15.2 folder, select the Hirens BootCD 15.2.iso image file
and choose Open.

7. When done press Start.

8. Read carefully the warning message and press OK.

Wait until Rufus utility erases your USB stick and transfers Hirens Boot ISO files to it.

9. When Rufus operation is completed, close Rufus utility, unplug the USB stick and
use it in the future to troubleshoot your computer.

Notice: In order to boot from the Hirens Bootable USB stick, you must set the USB as
first boot device from your BIOS settings.To do that:
1. Power On your computer and press "DEL" or "F1" or "F2" or "F10" to
enter BIOS (CMOS) setup utility.
(The way to enter into BIOS Settings depends on the computer manufacturer).
2. Inside BIOS menu, find the "Boot Order" setting.
(This setting is commonly found inside "Advanced BIOS Features" menu).
3. At Boot Order setting, set the USB-HDD as first boot device.
4. Save and exit from BIOS settings.

That's it!

Hiren Boot CD-Install Your Operating

System In Less than 5 Minutes
Hiren's Boot CD is a bootable CD that has some very important software installed. You
can download for free and burn it in a blank CD. By booting from the CD you can see the list
of software it contains. The most important software that it has is the Acronis True Image.
This software can be used for create back up and restore a hole disk drive. That means if
you install a new operating system such as windows XP or 7 and then you can create a
back up of the disk drive that contains the windows. And whenever you need it can be
restored from the back up. It takes 4-5 minutes to copy the whole image. So create a image
of your windows drive and setup windows with all the programs installed in just 4-5 minutes.
Create Backup
Download Us Patched Hiren Boot CD 10.1 or any other version that
contains Acronis True Image.
Burn the ISO file as a image in a blank CD with a burning software like Nero.
So the CD will be bootable.
Change the programs you want to install or remove from your windows. You
can install a new windows and install all of your program in it. Or you can go with
your current windows.
Insert the Hiren boot CD in the CD ROM and restart.
Make sure the first boot priority is CD ROM drive by entering into BIOS.
Boot from CD. Select option 2 as shown below.

Fig: Hiren's Boot CD

You will see Hiren Boot CD Menu. Select Disk Clone Tools as shown

Fig: Hiren's Boot CD Menu


Select Acronis True Image 8.1.945.

Most of the parts will happen automatically, if not then look for Auto option.
Acronis True Image will open in a window as shown below.

Fig: Acronis True Image

Click Backup and Restore. Then select Backup and Next.
Click NTFS. Read the instructions carefully.
Write the file name as you want and show the directory where to save.
Select your windows drive (Most of the case C:\) Create full backup
image archive.
Select compression level. The more you compress the lesser space it will
You can give password or comments as you wish.
Click Proceed. Then your backup will be created.
Restore Backup
If you windows crashes its time to restore the image. Follow the instruction 4 to 10. Click
on the Backup and Restore. Select Restore option. Select the backup file you have
created earlier and Next. Check the drive in your backup or archive.Select the drive which
you want to replace with your backup. Make your replacement MBR (Master Boot Record).
If you don't know which option to select just go with the default. Proceed the operation.
If you are facing any trouble with the process then leave a comment. I'll solve it.