If you are unsure how to write an ISO to a USB flash drive, this guide will show you how to use Rufus to accomplish this task.
Read this if you plan on using this tool with another operating system.
When this guide was written, it was intended to be Linux exclusive by design. While this guide was written for Linux, it can be used to write any operating system to a USB drive.
In this scenario, the only required adaptation will be to find out where to download the ISO you are looking for.
- New USB drives are favored due to cost. Reuse is fine, but these drive should be formatted outside of Ruufus first.
- CD/DVD creation is not covered in this guide. Systems made within the past ~5 years are increasingly becoming optical drive-less. Refer to this archived copy if you need instructions on how to burn a CD.
- If your laptop has a failed optical drive, USB boot can be used in lieu of drive replacement.
- While a Linux ISO is used in this guide, this tool can be used with any operating system that supports USB boot. Older operating systems are not guaranteed to work.
No parts required.
To make the drive easy to find, plug it into your PC now.
To write the ISO to the drive, download Rufus. Place this somewhere it can be found easily.
After downloading Rufus, download the ISO for the distro you want to use.
Once you find the ISO, select FTP or Torrent to download it. While FTP is slower, it does not require client side configuration like torrents.
After the ISO is downloaded, find the location it was downloaded to. This will be the default location unless it has changed.
If you did not plug in your USB drive earlier, do it now. This will make it available to Rufus.
Find Rufus and open it. Find an icon that looks like a CD. Click the CD icon and locate the ISO.
Once you find the ISO, click it and then select Open. Note: If ISO Image is not selected, this can be changed from the drop-down menu.
After locating the ISO and selecting a USB drive, click Start. Click OK on the drive format warning and the image will be written to the drive.
Embed this guide
Choose a size and copy the code below to embed this guide as a small widget on your site / forum.