You should have the following items available when starting this process:
- USB drive that is at least 8GB
- Datto recommends using the latest version of Rufus to image the drive.
- See the Additional Resources section of this article for information about alternative imaging methods.
Obtaining the ISO
You can download the Datto Utilities image (.ISO) from the Datto Downloads page. Once the image file has downloaded, proceed to the next section.
Imaging the USB Drive with Rufus
Once you have obtained the image file, proceed as follows.
1. Attach the USB drive to your machine, and open Rufus. If you receive the following prompt, select Write in DD Image mode, and click OK.
Figure 1: ISOHybrid image detected
2. Choose the following settings for imaging your USB Drive:
- Device: Choose the drive letter which corresponds to your flash drive
- Partition Scheme: Choose MBR partition scheme for BIOS or UEFI
- File System: Choose NTFS or FAT32 (Default)
- Cluster Size: 16 kilobytes
- Format Options: Select Check device for bad blocks (1 pass),Quick Format, Create a bootable disk, and Create extended label.
Figure 2: Imaging configuration
3. Select the image file for use, and then select DD image.
4. Select Start. Rufus will notify you when imaging has completed. When it finishes, you can safely remove the USB drive.
For Etcher instructions, see the next section of this article. For UNetbootin instructions, see the UNetbootin section of this article.
Using UNetbootin or Etcher will format your USB drive entirely. Make sure the USB drive contains no valuable data before imaging.
Imaging the USB Drive with Etcher
1. Attach the USB drive to your machine, and open Etcher. Click Select image, and select the Datto Utilities ISO.
Figure 3: Select image
2. Etcher will autodetect your flash drive. To select a different drive, click Change.
Figure 4: Change USB drive
3. When you are ready to image the flash drive, click Flash.
Figure 5: Flash
4. Etcher will notify you when imaging has completed. At this stage, you can safely remove the USB drive.
Figure 6: Flash complete
If you are imaging from a Mac or Linux machine, you can use the UNetbootin utility to attach the ISO. Follow the Installing Other Distributions Using UNetbootin section of the article at this link to format the drive.