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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.

As many laptops and desktops begin to omit internal DVD drives, a USB drive or an external drive is now required if it cannot be added on or additional hardware is required. Using a USB drive is a practical workaround for these systems and allows for future tweaks (Ex: including drivers).

Unless your application REQUIRES a DVD, it is generally better to use a USB flash drive that is at least 16GB*.

*An 8GB drive can be used in many scenarios as well. However, due to the cost difference in manufacturing and retail, these drives tend to only be sold in bulk today, unless it is a no-name drive purchased online. Do not waste your time and money on 8GB drives unless you already own it!

READ: Important note about legacy operating systems.

Important: OSes without USB boot support are not guaranteed to work. While the risk of a problem is low, results outside of Linux and modern Windows/MacOS releases are NOT GUARANTEED.

This guide was originally written just for Linux. However, it can be used with any operating system that supports USB boot and is not tied to one specific operating system in practice. Since these operating systems may create unforeseen issues, you are on your own.

Guide notes

  • If you have a used USB drive, format it outside of Rufus before use.
  • DVD creation is not covered. If required, refer to Revision 1 (file no longer available :/).
  • This guide is on Revision 3. If you are using Rufus 2.x, refer to Revision 2.

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  1. A new USB drive is advised. If you reuse a spare drive, it must be formatted. To write the ISO, download Rufus. Place this somewhere it is easily found.
    • A new USB drive is advised. If you reuse a spare drive, it must be formatted.

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

  2. Torrent clients require additional configuration this guide does not cover. After downloading Rufus, download the ISO you want to write to the USB drive. After downloading Rufus, download the ISO you want to write to the USB drive.
    • Torrent clients require additional configuration this guide does not cover.

    • After downloading Rufus, download the ISO you want to write to the USB drive.

  3. Default download location: Windows 7/8.x/10: Downloads Plug the USB drive in, and find the ISO you want to write.
    • Default download location: Windows 7/8.x/10: Downloads

    • Plug the USB drive in, and find the ISO you want to write.

  4. This procedure WILL erase your USB drive! If your system has a buggy legacy BIOS, select Add fixes for older BIOSes. Open Rufus and click SELECT. Find the ISO and click Open.
    • This procedure WILL erase your USB drive!

    • If your system has a buggy legacy BIOS, select Add fixes for older BIOSes.

    • Open Rufus and click SELECT. Find the ISO and click Open.

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

    • After configuring the writing process, click start. Click OK on the formatting warning.

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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 - Réponse

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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