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Place a bootable ISO on a USB drive?

What is the best way to burn an ISO image onto a USB flash drive?

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Not sure if this will help or not, but to make your ISO "bootable" on Windows: slysoft.com/en/virtual-clonedrive.html –  Domenic Dec 23 '09 at 22:36
    
Could you clarify if you want it bootable or just to extract the contents? –  Goyuix Dec 24 '09 at 3:24
    
The answers on this question are better than the other one. The other question should be closed. 38k views vs 2k views. This is the question people have. –  Ian Boyd Jul 23 '11 at 15:22

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For some variants of Linux, UNetbootin does this without any extra configuration or work.

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well, the only bad thing is, it changes some of the screens and I'm not sure if it works everywhere –  phunehehe Dec 24 '09 at 3:52
    
Another option is usb-creator-gtk, which is what I used in order to install Linux on my netbook. –  Zurahn Dec 24 '09 at 4:09

Use 7-Zip and just extract the contents onto the USB drive.

When extracted, you'll see the same contents you would if you browsed to the disc.

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But will 7-zip make it boot-able? –  Greg Dec 23 '09 at 22:28
    
No, probably not. You might want to put that in your question when you migrate it to Superuser. Making it bootable will require some additional steps. –  The Matt Dec 23 '09 at 22:31

Depending on the ISO image, I recommend WinToFlash for anything Windows.

For Linux distributions, see Anonymous' answer.

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badam-PISH. I should upvote this just for the punchline ;p –  Journeyman Geek Dec 24 '09 at 0:04
    
I don't see anything in WinToFlash that lets you select an ISO to use –  Brad Mace Jun 13 '13 at 2:27
    
WinToFlash is completely adware ridden. I wouldn't recommend it. –  ssg Aug 1 '13 at 7:36
    
Chrome blocks the download. –  CoderDennis Jul 15 at 8:48

You can use the dd command to "burn" an ISO image to a USB drive from the command line:

dd if=file.iso of=/dev/sdb

Change /dev/sdb to the mount point of the USB drive.

Be careful, as this will destroy the original contents of the USB drive.

Additionally, if the ISO is bootable (such as in installer image) then the USB drive will boot the same way.

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This does only work with specially crafted ISO images. –  Andreas Wiese Mar 26 at 18:33

You can't really "burn" an ISO image to a USB flash drive.

If you want a bootable USB from an ISO image, there are a couple of things you need to do

  1. Create a FAT32 partition on the USB drive (perferably, the first partition)
  2. Mount the ISO image to access its contents
  3. Copy the contents of the ISO image to the partition you just created.
  4. You need the SYSLINUX utility to make it bootable
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