DriveDroid – Boot your PC from your Phone
DriveDroid is a great idea. At one or the other time it has happened to me, when the operating system gets corrupt or for some or the other reason, I have been forced to look out for a USB drive to burn a bootable image from which i can start system recovery applications, or even new installation. Who uses CDs these days? So here is a way to Boot your PC from your Phone.
The operation of DriveDroid is simple. First, we need to have the bootable image we want to execute. A Linux distribution, a Live CD, or the Windows recovery disk … by reading this you probably have a picture in mind, even if you just want to test or want the suggestions, the application includes a list of images of free Linux distributions that you can download from the app .
How does DriveDroid work?
* Connect your phone to your PC using an USB cable
* Download an image file (.iso or .img) or create one
* Select the image file in DriveDroid to let your phone ‘host’ the file over USB
* (Re)start your PC and make sure the correct boot priority is set in the bios
* The image should now be booted on your PC
What I liked about DriveDroid is “no need to burn the images,” we can say something does not happen with a conventional USB device, although we are not really doing a burn but simply copying the appropriate files and preparing the PC for startup.
The bad news is that DriveDroid requires a rooting of your device to run it, that is, if we do not have super user permissions on our Android we can not use it, but in most cases the android users have rooted their devices now a days.
You can also create USB-images which allows you to have a blank USB-drive where you can store files in. Another possibility is to use tools on your PC to make a bootable USB-drive out of the blank image that DriveDroid created.
DriveDroid is available in two versions on Google Play .