I have a bootable installer image of Win7x64 on a flash drive. How can I create a bootable iso of it to use with VMware Workstation et al?

I have used Plop Boot Manager, but I'd really like to make an ISO of this installer drive.

This question is NOT 'How do I create a bootable flash drive from an ISO?'. Rather, it's the reverse. =)

  • I'm curious, what would be the benefits of this? – Hashim Jul 8 '17 at 18:37

If you are working from within a Linux system (or have access to one), then you can use the 'dd' command to make an ISO from your USB device.

Example: $ dd if=/dev/sdb of=~/usb_image.iso

the 'if' argument designates the input source/file, and the 'of' argument designates the output location name.

Along the same lines, if you have a directory inside your file system that you want to create an ISO out of its contents, then you can use the 'mksiofs' command.

Example: $ mkisofs -o ~/image.iso /source/directory

The the path after the -o parameter is the path where the ISO will be created and the last argument is the path of the source directory.


I've had success using ISORecorder. Keep in mind you my want to copy the contents of the drive (including boot information). Open command prompt as admin and run

xcopy e:\*.* /s/e/f c:\users\admin\Desktop\Win7x64

Keep in mind "e" is your flash drive and "c:\users\admin\Desktop\Win7x64" is some generic location. You can create the folder wherever you like.

  • +1 for ISORecorder. Also used it in the past for a task close to this one and it worked without a hitch. – N_Lindz Apr 17 '13 at 13:51
  • Just tried isorecorder. iso file was created successfully, but the vm wouldn't boot from it. – Jeff009 Apr 17 '13 at 15:01
  • Are you creating a CD or another usb boot drive. In the case of the drive, you'll need to mark that partition as "active". – Qwilson Apr 17 '13 at 15:20

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