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Software for burning ISOs to USB drives

Postposted on Fri Nov 08, 2013 12:17 pm

I was wondering if anyone had recommendations for software to burn ISO images to a USB drive, and make the drive bootable.

I've MagicDisc, but wasn't a big fan of it, and it doesn't work on Windows 8. The Windows 7 USB DVD tool doesn't work for most of my ISOs either (most of my ISOs are WinPE disks).

Tried a program from CNET and it ended up being malware, so I figured I'd ask the community here before doing anything dumb.

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Re: Software for burning ISOs to USB drives

Postposted on Fri Nov 08, 2013 12:26 pm

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Re: Software for burning ISOs to USB drives

Postposted on Fri Nov 08, 2013 1:02 pm

ImgBurn. While primarily for optical disc, it will write bootable ISOs to USB sticks. It's dead-simple and dead-reliable.
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Re: Software for burning ISOs to USB drives

Postposted on Fri Nov 08, 2013 1:05 pm

Was coming here to post recommend ImgBurn, but misread the topic as burning ISOs to dvd drives. Didn't even know it had a function for USB, but I can vouch for it's reliability, I've used it for years on all sorts of machines.
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Re: Software for burning ISOs to USB drives

Postposted on Fri Nov 08, 2013 1:18 pm

Captain Ned wrote:ImgBurn. While primarily for optical disc, it will write bootable ISOs to USB sticks. It's dead-simple and dead-reliable.


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Re: Software for burning ISOs to USB drives

Postposted on Fri Nov 08, 2013 1:26 pm

Universal USB Installer's pretty good, though more oriented at Linux distributions. Likewise UNetbootin.

Huh, I didn't know that about ImgBurn.
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Re: Software for burning ISOs to USB drives

Postposted on Fri Nov 08, 2013 1:54 pm

Oops, I was wrong. Several places said it was possible with ImgBurn but a quick test proves me wrong. My bad. :oops:
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Re: Software for burning ISOs to USB drives

Postposted on Fri Nov 08, 2013 2:19 pm

ImgBurn is my choice for optical but I found Rufus a while ago and it's perfect for flash drives.
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Re: Software for burning ISOs to USB drives

Postposted on Fri Nov 08, 2013 2:42 pm

Ars Technica has a good writeup about how to create a bootable USB drive using the command line. (http://arstechnica.com/business/2009/12 ... h-drive/2/)

Win32 Disk Imager (http://sourceforge.net/projects/win32diskimager/), WinToBootic (http://www.wintobootic.com/), and Rufus (http://rufus.akeo.ie/) look like they may be what you're looking for.

I've used Win32 Disk Imager before, and it's good for a barebones image writer.
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Re: Software for burning ISOs to USB drives

Postposted on Fri Nov 08, 2013 3:00 pm

RMprepUSB has been amazing for me. Nothing like installing Windows off a fast USB3 flash drive.

http://www.rmprepusb.com/
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Re: Software for burning ISOs to USB drives

Postposted on Fri Nov 08, 2013 4:19 pm

By far one of the best tools I have ever found is Yumi.
http://www.pendrivelinux.com/yumi-multi ... b-creator/

Yumi is a multiboot loader that does it all. Grabs the iso and creates a bootable usb fob.
I highly suggest you get at least Clonezilla and some partition manager on a bootable device.

If you take like a 128G device and create a 8 gig bootable partition and a 120 gig linux partiton you can run clonezilla from the first partition and back up to the second. Works really well and considering you get fairly good compression w/ clonezilla you can backit up a good size pc.

Compression being what it is your results may vary. You can do the same on a hard drive.
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Re: Software for burning ISOs to USB drives

Postposted on Fri Nov 08, 2013 4:35 pm

Supposedly for WinPE USB sticks you just need diskpart and xcopy.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/libr ... 30(v=ws.10).aspx
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Re: Software for burning ISOs to USB drives

Postposted on Fri Nov 08, 2013 5:31 pm

I used Rufus for Server 2012 and it seemed to work fine. (My SSD died right after but hopefully that's unrelated...)
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Re: Software for burning ISOs to USB drives

Postposted on Mon Nov 11, 2013 5:34 pm

I ended up using Rufus. I initiall installed ImgBurn, and it prompted me to install a lot of spyware/adware/crap. MBAM also signaled it's installer and another file as malware, so I cleaned it up, found it doesn't write to USB drives, and then removed it.

Rufus was fast, very simple, and worked extremely well.
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