Introduction

If you are unsure how to write an ISO to a USB flash drive, this guide will show you how to do this using Rufus. Many modern systems do not include an internal optical drive and require a USB drive or optical drive to boot operating system installation media.

Read this for other operating systems

Important: OSes without USB boot support are not guaranteed to work.

This guide was originally written just for Linux. It can be used with any operating system with USB boot support. For operating systems other then Linux, you are on your own finding the correct ISO to use.

Guide notes

  • If you use a USB drive you have, format it outside of Rufus before use.
  • CD/DVD creation is not covered in this guide. If you need this version, Refer to the original version of this guide.
  • This guide is on revision 3. If you need to use Rufus 2.x, refer to revision 2.

Tools

Parts

No parts required.

A new USB drive is recommended. If you reuse an existing drive, format it before use.
  • A new USB drive is recommended. If you reuse an existing drive, format it before use.

  • Plug your USB drive in. This will make it available immediately.

  • To write the ISO to the drive, download Rufus. Place this somewhere it is easily found.

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FTP is safer for most people. Torrent clients require additional configuration not covered in this guide.
  • FTP is safer for most people. Torrent clients require additional configuration not covered in this guide.

  • After downloading Rufus, download the ISO for the selected Linux distro. This can be done with FTP or Torrent.

  • When you get a download prompt, choose Save file and click OK.

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  • Default download location: Windows 7/8.x/10: Downloads

  • Plug the USB drive in now if this is not done yet.

  • Locate where the ISO was downloaded to. This is typically in the default download location.

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  • This procedure will erase your USB drive. Make a backup before proceeding!

  • If you are having problems booting on legacy hardware, select Add fixes for older BIOSes.

  • Open Rufus and click SELECT.

  • Find the ISO you want to use. Once you find it, choose Open.

  • Rufus will ask you to choose ISO or DD mode. If you are unsure, select ISO mode.

  • After locating the ISO and selecting a USB drive, click Start and then OK. Click OK on the format warning and the image will be wrirtten to the drive.

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tcagle53 - Reply

Unetbootin does not work anymore and is considered unstable to use when installing any Linux OS, also 4GB USB drives are more than big enough to get the job done

Will Unknown - Reply

My reasoning for saying 8GB is because 4GB sticks are all but nonexistent (8GB is more popular now), but if you already own the 4GB stick then it'll work. I even use one from 2006 in the guide, to show that reuse is possible.

Oh really? I always thought it was still a usable option - thanks for letting me know that I was wrong.

Nick -

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