Non Bootable Disk

A non bootable disk is a normal disk that can be of any device with a file system or it can be raw storage drive that is not ready for data storage and accessing. This ultimately shows that the drive cannot be used to boot a computer. It can store files, folders and other type of information that can be viewed or used only with the help of an operating system.

This Non bootable disk contains a file system. This file system acts as a dump yard which stores, retrieves and update files dynamically. It’s the basic data structure that contains a set of rules where and how to store data inside a storage drive. The file system inside a Non bootable disk can vary accordingly. For e.g. the storage drives used in PC uses a single file system for every individual drives and partitions. But in the case of mobile storage drives like memory cards of Android devices uses combinational file system to make use of the disk efficiently. Its all depends on the operating system used.

Difference between bootable and non bootable disk:

Bootable devices:

  • Bootable devices contain a unique utility software program or operating systems
  • Both the information as well as the boot files that required initiating a PC can be stored inside a bootable disk
  • A boot disk can have partitions but contains only a single file system for each partition

Non bootable disk:

A Non bootable hard disk straight away differs from a bootable disk. Moreover the non bootable disks are inert dumb drives. That can store and retrieve data simply in and out of the storage drives. This non bootable disk space can be virtually spatialized and partitioned so that, different file systems and different file formats can be used in a single storage drive.


There are several advantages of using a non bootable disk in your PC. They are.

  • Disk partitioning and virtualization is possible.
  • To create a Non bootable disk just a normal format is enough. The disk will be ready for data storage and access of files.
  • A Non bootable disk is independent of storage size, brands and types.
  • The Non bootable disk cane be secured by encryption and compression methods to ensure data security.


Though the non bootable disk has many advantages, we can’t use the non bootable disks directly without having and operating system or other supporting utility programs. We can able to convert a non bootable disk to a bootable disk without any or mild data loss. But while converting a bootable disk to a non bootable disk, certainly there will be sufficient amount of data loss.

Some useful tips:

To convert a non bootable disk to a bootable disk, we can use software programs and utilities available in the internet market. For example some of the software is Unet bootin, Wubi installer, Kon boot etc.

To convert a bootable disk to a non bootable disk will be as easy as eating a piece of cake. To do this just connects the bootable drive as a secondary drive to a PC and then format it. Normally the booting program of a bootable disk is saved in the form of a file inside that storage drive. When the storage drive is formatted, all the data inside the hard drive is erased completely and a new fresh file system is structured for data usage.

Suppose if you try to change the boot program file alone in a bootable disk, then you may be in a critical situation like missing the storage drive or storage the partition space permanently.

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