Rufus

Rufus is a free and open-source portable application for Microsoft Windows that can be used to format and create bootable USB flash drives or live USBs.

SyncOffice Manager uses custom revised Rufus as the utility to create SyncOS bootable USB drive.

You can find more details in Rufus web portal.

Rufus supports a variety of bootable .iso files, including various Linux distributions and Windows installation .iso files, as well as raw disk image files (including compressed ones). If needed, it will install a boot loader such as SYSLINUX or GRUB onto the flash drive to render it bootable. It also allows the installation of MS-DOS or FreeDOS onto a flash drive as well as the creation of Windows To Go bootable media. It supports formatting flash drives as FAT, FAT32, NTFS, exFAT, UDF or ReFS file systems.

Rufus supports Debian distro and flavors very well, and is therefore chosen as recommended SyncOS USB drive tool.

SyncOS Live USB Creation Options

When used for SyncOS USB creation, the chosen options are:

  • Persistent partition size: 0(No persistence)
  • Partition scheme: MBR
  • Target system: BIOS
  • Volume label: SyncOS
  • File system: NTFS
  • Cluster size: 4096 bytes

Please note the persistence option is "No persistence". SyncOS does have 1GB persistence storage but it doesn't use Rufus' format scheme. SyncOS' persistence uses a standalone image file: loopfs_drive.img.

You can use Rufus under SyncOffice Manager's Rufus tab page, or use it as a standalone application. Rufus is under active development and improvement, its new versions are getting better.

When you use it as standalone application, you can follow the a.m. selections. When you use the SyncOffice Manager's embedded Rufus, all options are chosen automatically. This is the only main difference between the two.

Rufus can also be used to compute the MD5, SHA-1 and SHA-256 hashes of the currently selected image. SyncOffice Manger uses its created MD5 checksum file for data integraty audit check.

For burning SyncOffice-VA image file to create SyncOffice-VA bootable USB drive, you should use standalone Rufus application (not the SyncOffice Manager embedded Rufus).

SyncOffice-VA Live USB Creation Options

When use standalone Rufus for SyncOffice-VA live USB creation, the chosen options are:

  • Persistent partition size: 0(No persistence)
  • Partition scheme: MBR
  • Target system: BIOS
  • Volume label: SYNCOFFICE
  • File system: Fat32
  • Cluster size: 4096 bytes
  • Write in ISO image mode