Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1 (32-Bit/64-Bit)
Software Product Description
It can be be especially useful for cases where:
Despite its small size, Rufus provides you with everything you need!
Remember that once formatted, your drive is still usable as before to transfer data: it doesn´t have to be dedicated for DOS or ISO installation only.
FreewareFiles tested Rufus 2.1 on 2015-03-24 using leading antivirus scanners and found it 100% Clean.
Reviewer: -James Review Date: 2014-11-02
Average Rating (70 Votes )
Pros: Makes formatting in UDF simple
Cons: Needs way to disable auto updates
Other Thoughts: Perhaps the best feature added, is UDF support.
Previously, I had to do it through Windows 7 commandline.
Why is UDF file format so special, you may wonder?
If you have ever gotten infected from XP machines (Auto-run) viruses, you will know why in a moment.
Flash drives formatted with UDF file system are 100% protected from auto-run viruses under Windows XP.
Windows XP has a driver that allows it to read files from flash drives formatted in UDF, but it has no driver for writing back to UDF file systems.
Since it cannot write back, viruses can't either.
Why use NTFS, when you can have UDF? It's much safer, especially on XP systems.
In case your worried, 7 & 8 both can read & write back to flash drives, & I believe Vista can also, though I have not tried it under Vista much, due not liking it.
IF you ever get an error that your flash drive is 100% full, & find yourself "locked out", or unable to write anything to the flash drive, it is probably due to not safe ejecting the flash drive.
But don't worry, here is a solution to enable it back.
First, even though you will probably NOT lose any data, copy all the contents of your flash drive to another folder or drive as a backup.
Next, right click your UDF formatted flash drive/properties/tools tab/error checking/check drive for errors.
This WILL fix the drive errors, & re-enable write backs.
If anyone wants to prevent viruses on flash drives, UDF is the ONLY 100% fail proof way that I have found, where you can still add files to without having a mess.
Using programs that disable usb/flash drive access require you do this to all PC's (Not practical).
Using flash drive antivirus programs (again, not practical)relies on accuracy/updates.
Filling flash drive completely up relies on being able to delete files in order to add files, & besides, what if a virus deletes files first, then adds itself? Don't count on making files read only, because commandline viruses could disable that via a single command.
When you format Flash drives in UDF, you know 100% for sure that viruses cannot write to your drive, because XP doesn't even include a driver to know how to write back to flash drives. But you can still read your programs.
I would call this the most perfect solution available that I know of.
Thank you to Rufus, for providing an automatic solution to what I was doing manually.
Now, if only he could add support disable auto-update checker, & save that setting to .ini file.
Every program wants to connect to the web now-a-days, but sometimes, you just want silence from your programs.