In this tutorial, we are going to see how to burn iso file to usb flash drive easily
We are used to burning Iso files on a CD or DVD, but do you know that it is possible to burn an Iso file on a USB key? In this very simple tutorial we will use a free software called ISO TO USB. It will allow you to burn Iso images whether Windows, Linux, troubleshooting tools. The application can also make them bootable.
- 1 What is an Iso?
- 2 A free tool to burn iso file to usb flash drive
- 2.1 Why use a USB key?
- 2.2 Using the RUFUS software
- 2.3 Using the ISO TO USB software
- 3 Alternative tools
What is an Iso?
An Iso is in fact a compression of several files in 1. A bit like a .zip file.
Except the ISO format can be mounted like a virtual CD/DVD drive. So we usually say that an ISO is an image (a photo) of a CD / DVD in digital format .
Microsoft, for example, usually offers you the system and Office DVDs in ISO format .
The Iso files you download are actually digital copies of an installation DVD/CD.
For those who want to enrich their IT culture, do not hesitate to read the description of this format .
In this tutorial I will show you that we can burn an ISO file on a USB key.
A free tool to burn an iso file on a usb key
Why use a USB flash drive?
A USB flash drive is more robust than a CD and you can carry it around easily. Now USB keys have more storage space than DVDs . 16 GB USB flash drives are very affordable . (- €10).
Using the RUFUS software
Rufus is well known and very reliable. It also ensures compatibility with UEFI Bios.
Download the tool from the official website: The new version of Rufus (3.5) allows you to download Windows 10 and/or Windows 8.1 ISOs directly.
Click on Download , Rufus runs the Powershell Fido script
You choose your version of Windows.
You can choose the version (19H1 ==> it is the May 2019 version of Windows 10)
You choose the HOME (Windows Home) or PRO (Windows Professional) version
Finally we choose the language, the ISO is downloaded and you can burn it on your USB key.
You can use the portable version. It is transportable and does not require installation.
1 – Connect your USB key then select it as a device
2 – In “selection” you must choose your ISO file
3 – Adapt the destination system according to your type of BIOS (classic or Uefi)
4 – Start, the “engraving” will begin and you can start from your USB key.
The RUFUS method is ideal for burning operating systems.
Using ISO TO USB software
You have to download the software from the official website .
The exe file is downloaded, you can install the application.
Once installed the application launches.
- You have to choose your ISO.
- Choose your USB key
- Choose the FAT32 format and give a name to your usb key
- Check the Bootable box to be able to boot from the USB key
- Click on Burn to start burning on the USB key
Please note that your USB key will be formatted.
Once the process is complete you can boot to your USB drive.
For example you will be able to launch the installation of Windows if you have burned an ISO of the Windows system.
There are a multitude of tools out there but I find ISO to USB to be simple and does the job.
In the same genre we can cite:
YUMI: Official site (rather multi-boot)
RUFUS: Official Site (very simple and very complete)