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.
No parts required.
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.
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.
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.
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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