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Create Bootable SD card, SDHC or USB drive for Windows and Mac operating system

Many a time you want to create a bootable device for your new notebook, netbook, or laptop which has no CD/ DVD drive. Nowadays, most electronic devices come with compactness, which gives rise to a number of notebooks that are manufactured without a CD/ DVD drive but with an SD card slot. In such devices, if you want to install or reformat the operating system, then you have to make use of either a flash drive or a memory card with a minimum storage capacity of 8 GB.

In case, if you want to make a bootable SD card, SDHC, or USB drive for Windows or Mac operating system. Then here is a complete guide for you!

1. Boot SD card or USB for Mac.

2. Boot SD/ SDHC card for Windows.

3. Recover Data from Bootable SD card.

Note: Some of the SD cards or SDHC cards come with high storage capacities and are compatible with almost all the relevant devices. But many devices are only compatible with the SD card for booting.

How to make Bootable SD card/ SDHC for Mac?

Follow the simple steps to create a bootable SD card/ SDHC card or USB drive for your Mac OS with the help of the terminal. This method of creating a bootable SD card for Mac doesn’t need any external sources.

Step 1: Connect the SD/SDHC memory card to the computer.

Step 2: Go to Utility – you can call utility with the help of the Finder option of the Launchpad on your Mac.

Step 3: Open Disk Utility, select the SD card and click Erase.

Step 4: In Format, select MSDOS FAT from the dropdown. Enter a name in the ‘Name’ field. This is optional for the user.

Step 5: Click Erase.

Step 6: Open the Terminal and go to the location of your system image – enter the appropriate location in the command.

Step 7: In order to find all the disk drives in the Mac, type – SUDO DISKUTIL LIST – this will display all the connected disks with the Mac system.

Step 8: Download a macOS installer that is compatible with your mac and install it

Step 9: Locate the app in the Application folder and right-click on it, select Show Package Content.

Step 10: Go to the location as shown below.

Step 11: Go to terminal and type “sudo “, drag the “createInstallmedia” from finder, and drop it in the terminal.

Step 12: Now add “--volume ” and then drag and drop the SD card from the finder in which you want to perform the bootable operation. The command, in the end, will be as follows.

sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ --volume /Volumes/MyVolume

Step 13: Press Enter and wait for it to complete. 

Once you perform the above steps, the command starts executing and then, makes the SD card bootable for Mac operating system. 

Note: Users also look for how to recover data from the SD card on Mac using Remo Recover Mac software.

How to make an SD card or USB drive Bootable for Windows?

The steps to make a bootable SD/ SDHC card on Windows 10 or its previous versions comprise some similar steps. This involves the complete formatting of the SD card and then uploading the OS files to make a bootable SD card or SDHC card.  Follow the below steps to make a bootable SD card or USB flash drive for Windows operating system.

Step 1: Connect the SD card or USB drive to your computer – make sure the SD card is empty and you do not have any valuable data on it.

Step 2: Go to the Start menu and type cmd and hit Enter, Click on Run as Administrator 

Step 3: Go to diskpart – To do that, go to the Start menu and type diskpart, and press Enter.

Step 4: In the new window, type; list disk – the window should be system32/diskpart.

Step 5: From the list of the disks that your computer has, look for your SD/SDHC card or USB. You can refer to the memory space of the disks to identify your SD card.

          • Type; select disk X
            Note: X is the name of the disk you want to use i.e. the SD card.
          • Type; Clean
          • Type; Create Partition Primary
          • Type; Active
          • Type; Format Fs= NTFS Quick
          • Type; Assign
          • Type; Exit

Step 6: Now, mount your ISO file of Windows – Right-click on the image and select Mount.

Step 7: Run the following commands:

          • G: CD BOOT – G is the iso file drive letter.
          • BOOTSECT.EXE/NT 60 F: – F is the SD card or USB drive letter.

Step 8: Copy all the files from the ISO image to the memory card.

Step 9: Your SD/SDHC card is now in bootable mode, you can restart your computer and test the bootable SD/ SDHC card.

How to Recover Lost or Deleted Files from any Bootable SD card, SDHC card, or USB Drive?

Utilize Remo SD card Recovery software (Windows/ Mac) to easily recover data from a bootable, formatted or corrupted memory card with ease. This tool works with a user-friendly interface to safely restore more than 300 file formats like photos, videos, raw images, documents, and audio files from various external storage devices like USB, external hard drive, SD card, SDHC card, and many more. This tool is compatible with all the latest versions of Windows and Mac operating systems including Windows 11, 10, and Big Sur and Catalina.

How to Recover Lost or Deleted Files from Bootable SD card on Windows?

Download and Install Remo SD Card Recovery software on your windows system.

Step 1: Launch the tool. Connect your SD card, SDHC, or USB. select your bootable storage device from where you want to recover data. Hit the Scan button to start the scanning process.

select the drive from where you want to recover data

Step 2: Once the tool starts the scanning process, make use of Dynamic Recovery View to have a quick look at the recovered files as and when the scan progresses.

click on dynamic recovery view

Step 3: When the scan gets completed the tool will display a comprehensive list of recovered files.

list of recovered data will get displayed
Step 4: Preview the recovered files by double clicking on them.

preview the recovered files by double clicking on it

Step 5: Select the files that you want to recover. Click on the Recover button. Decide on a location where you want to save the recovered files, and click on the OK button.

select the location where you want your files to get saved

Step 6: Voila, the selected files have been successfully saved.

data saving process gets successfully completed

How to Recover Lost or Deleted Files from any SD or SDHC card on Mac?

Download and Install Remo SD Recovery Software for Mac on your Mac system, and follow the below explained steps.

Step 1: Connect the Bootable Storage device from where you want to recover data. Launch the Tool, from the main screen click on Volumes Recovery.

Remo Recover Volumes Recovery

Step 2: Select the Bootable storage device, Click Next 

Step 3: Depending upon your needs, you can either select the Standard Scan or Advance Scan option.

Step 4: Select the type of files you want to retrieve.Click Next 

Step 5: Once the recovery process gets complete, the recovered files will get displayed, Preview the files.

Step 6: Activate the tool, and Save the recovered files onto any desired location.

Quick Alert: 

While performing any of these steps double-check what you are selecting and what command you are executing. This is because any small mistake can corrupt your SD / SDHC card file system. Sometimes, you can fix your corrupt SD card in easy ways, but not always. There are chances that your card would become useless permanently. Hence, handle your card carefully. While using the CMD you might also cause data loss, which can be recovered with the help of Remo the best tool to recover an SD card.

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As a tenured data recovery specialist, John shares exceptional insights and blog posts about data loss and data recovery across any storage device. With 8+ years’ experience in writing for Data Recovery for both Mac OS and Windows OS computers, he is an avid learner who always wants to polish and simplify the data recovery process. John passes his free time playing Chess and reading Science Fiction novels.

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