Burn ISO images to SD Cards or USB Flash Drive with Etcher to Make it Bootable

If you need to install an operating system from USB or flash storage, you must copy the ISO image file to the media. But simply copying the old-fashioned way isn’t enough. You need the ISO file to be bootable, and you need dedicated ISO file-writing software. You can choose from one of the following popular freeware tools that will help you to burn an ISO on a USB flash drive:-

  1. EasyBCD
  2. AnyBurn
  3. WinUSB Maker
  4. Rufus
  5. Windows USB/DVD Download Tool
  6. ISO2Disc
  7. WinToHDD
  8. Using Command Prompt

The freeware mentioned above lets you create a bootable USB flash drive, but none supports creating a bootable SD card; in other words, none lets you burn ISO on an SD card.

But if you use Windows or don’t want to mess around in the terminal, there’s a great piece of software called Etcher. This desktop app allows the easy, intuitive, mouse-controlled creation of a bootable USB or SD card with an ISO or IMG file. It’s also available for all desktop opera.

Etcher supports ISO, BZ2, DMG, DSK, ETCH, GZ, HDDIMG, IMG, RAW, XZ, and ZIP. That means you can burn ISO, BZ2, DMG, DSK, ETCH, GZ, HDDIMG, IMG, RAW, XZ, and ZIP file directly to your SD Card or in USB Flash Drive.

Features of Etcher

  1. It validates before writing images on SD cards & USB Flash drives.
  2. Easy to use
  3. Simple Interface
  4. 50% faster flashes
  5. Simultaneous writing for multiple drives
  6. Supports Windows 7/8/10 (both 32-bit and 64-bit)
  7. Supports macOS
  8. Supports Linux (32-bit and 64-bit)
  9. Supports ISO, BZ2, DMG, DSK, ETCH, GZ, HDDIMG, IMG, RAW, XZ, and ZIP file formats.
  10. You can download a bootable ISO from the specified URL.

Burning ISO images to SD Cards & USB Flash Drive

Do the following to burn an ISO image to SD Cards or USB Flash Drives:-

Step 1. First, run the Etcher tool.

Step 2. Now, click on the Flash from the file to select a bootable ISO file from your PC.

Step 3. Then, connect your USB flash drive or SD card to your PC. After that, click on the Select Target option.

Step 4. Finally, click on the Flash option to start copying bootable ISO content to your USB flash drive or SD Cards.

Here, it may take a few minutes to complete the copying process depending upon the size of the ISO file and the speed of your external drive.

After creating a bootable USB flash drive, you can test it without installing it on your computer or laptop.

That’s it for the article.

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