I need to make a bootable usb with windows 8 files on it, I can't think of easier option than creating it via help of bootcamp, but Will it work for pc (I want to install files on my pc)?
After reading through several stackexchange answers, I found steps that worked on this site.
He walks you through how to format the USB stick so that Windows will recognize it, and how to use Unetbootin to copy the ISO image.
I'll reproduce the steps here for convenience:
Format the disk in Disk Utility, with the correct MBR
- Open Disk Utilty
- Select the USB device
- Click Partition
- Select 1 partition in the partition layout
- Select “Master Boot Record” in the options
- Select MS-DOS (FAT) in the format type.
- Click Apply, then Partition
- Close Disk Utility
This will wipe the USB disk and set it up with the correct boot record
Install the MBR binary from the SysLinux project
Use the command line diskutil to find the device name for your USB drive.
Unmount the USB drive with the command line. NB: Be sure to swap the device reference (in my case it is /dev/SOMEdisk2) with the correct one for your usb key that you identified in the previous step – this will change for each machine.
diskutil unmountDisk /dev/SOMEdisk2
Mark the partition active, then unmount it again
sudo fdisk -e /dev/SOMEdisk2 print f 1 write print exit diskutil unmountDisk /dev/SOMEdisk2
- Download Syslinux and extract the mbr.bin file
Install the MBR
sudo dd conv=notrunc bs=440 count=1 if=mbr.bin of=/dev/SOMEdisk2
NB: see my full instructions if you need further help with steps 4 & 5.
Use UnetBootin to install your OS install files
- Download and install UnetBootin if you haven’t already
- Load the application, choose your preferred distribution, and then click OK
- When it’s finished, eject the USB key and use it
No. Bootcamp will make a bootable copy of Windows for a Mac only. Macs have UEFI instead of traditional BIOSes. PCs are adopting this technology but slowly.
I believe OS X formats the USB stick using GUID/HFS+, which PCs and Windows do not like. There are just too many hurdles to believe a bootable copy of Windows will work on a PC.
However, you could try this alternative method: Creating A Bootable USB Of Windows 8.1 On OS X?
Note: Just make sure the USB stick is formatted using MBR instead of GUID to maximize impartiality.
When I used the Bootcamp Assistant to create a bootable USB from my Windows 8 ISO my PC just hung on a flashing cursor in text mode while the activity light on my USB key blinked.
I believe the Apple Bootcamp installer prepares the USB key for EFI boot only (because that's what Mac's need) and does not properly prepare MBR boot code. My motherboard (ASRock H77-PRO4-M) fully supports EFI, but defaults to trying MBR boot. I had to explicitly choose the UEFI boot option form my boot menu (F11 or F12 at power on) and with that the installer booted perfectly:
You can boot a drive that doesn't contain BootCamp Helper from a Mac, but you can't boot a drive that does contain BootCamp Helper from a PC.
Installing BootCamp Helper on a External Drive for both PC and Mac is just like installing it on a Mac. Have a look at this Apple Discussion where the OP has installed BootCamp Helper on a regular PC for more information.
Apple "Boot Camp" is the motherboard chip support. PCs don't have a Mac logicboard. Windows does not like having mobo drivers that don't belong.
I tried most of the methods listed in this thread to create a Windows 7 bootable USB and none worked for me. What ended working was:
For what it's worth, I'm running macOS Sierra using version 6.1.0 of Boot Camp Assistant. I was able to create a bootable USB drive from a Windows 10 .iso file by selecting the "Create a Windows 7 or later version install disk," after first formatting the drive using Disk Utility to DOS_FAT_32 filesystem and MBR partition.
When I plugged the drive into my newly built PC, I was able to successfully boot from the USB drive and install Windows 10. After installation was completed, a notice did pop up saying that my machine wasn't compatible with Boot Camp, so I assume that Boot Camp Assistant included some Mac-specific drivers and support libraries that aren't necessary on Windows. However, I don't think that should cause any issues, and I was able to produce a bootable USB drive using Boot Camp Assistant.
The answer here also seems to indicate that this should be possible.