How to Burn ISO to USB on Windows? Bootable USB

Wanna know about burning ISO files? Well, you are in the right place then. Here we will guide you on how to burn an ISO file to a USB drive. However, before burning any iso on your USB, you will need to know what ISO is.

How to create a bootable USB drive?

ISO is a file format normally present in CD, or DVD. The file format is used for different operating systems like Windows, Linux or macOS. Exactly the same file formats were also used to sell different software or games in retails stores in the past.

In simple words, you can say that the ISO file is a set of compressed files used for different purposes. While downloading any file you have two options. You can either download numbers of compressed files or download a single ISO file.

Ever happened, When you insert any file on any USB, CD or DVD, and you will run the Setup.exe or option to run the application Well, they have burned the application as ISO file on that drive and made the driver bootable.

By burning any file on a USB that could be booted on any computer is a bootable drive. Don’t get confused with burning iso and or creating a bootable drive both of them almost mean the same thing.

Now, that you know what ISO is. We will continue on burning ISO to USB. Follow these methods below and your work will be done in no time. Keep in mind that you won’t need any expertise or IT certified to perform it.

There are two ways to burn the ISO file to USB. You can either use Command Prompt to burn ISO to USB. Or you can also use any third-party app to do this work. Use the third-party app to burn the ISO here.

Burn ISO to USB using Command port

You can burn any iso file to your USB drive. However, here I have burned Windows 10 to a USB drive. This trick is highly suitable if don’t have access to the internet and if you are familiar with CMD than this will be a piece of cake.

Remember that you will need at least 16 GB external Pendrive to perform this task.

Step1: Insert USB drive

Inserting a USB is the first step of burning ISO to USB. You will need at least 4GB of an external drive as well.

Step 2: Open CMD (Command Prompt)

Now go to Start menu, in the bottom left and open it. As you opened the Start menu, type “CMD”. The computer you are using will suggest the app. Open that app.

Step 3: Type Diskpart

Now, your command prompt is open and you will see a black screen filled with few words. Type “diskpart” and press enter. And a warning will pop, accept and continue. Soon a new CMD tab will appear.

Step 4: Type List disk

Type “list disk” in the new command prompt tab. All the disks will appear in with names on your screen.

Step 5: Select Disk

Now select the disk by typing “Select disk_____ ”. The __ means you will need to type the disk number (present on your screen) of your USB. As for me the disk 1 is my pen drive.

Step 6: Clean Disk

As you have selected the disk now. Type “Clean” and the computer will clean your chosen disk. Remember this step might delete your file, so have a backup of your files in your USB before applying.

Step 7: Now create a partition

Type “Create partition primary” in your Command Prompt.

Step 8: Select and activate Partition

Now Type “Select partition” and press enter. Then type “active” will active the marked partition drive.

Step 9: Format USB

It is the time to format the USB and make it ready to use. Again this step will delete each and everything in your USB. Type “Format fs=NTFS Quick” and wait till the formatting gets completed.

Step 10: Assign and exit

And the last step is to assign a letter for your USB drive. Type “assign” and it will automatically give the USB drive a letter (like C: for Windows drive in your computer). When the assigning part is complete type “exit” to get out of CMD.

Step 11: Copy Windows 10 files

The last step to burn ISO to USB is to copy all the windows 10 files to your USB. Here you will need to copy the ISO file you want to burn. The process might take some time, so be patient. As your files are copied now, you are ready to use your booted USB drive.

Burning ISO file to a USB drive with third-party apps

You can use third-party apps to burn the ISO files to USB. This is the easiest way to burn any kind of ISO file.

To use this technique you will need an Operating System, flash drive (at least 8GB) and a third-party app. We recommend Rufus as the third party app to burn the file. however, you can choose any of the given third party below.

1: Rufus

Rufus is an app used to format and create bootable drives. By running Rufus, you can easily burn any ISO file. This is one of the fastest and cleanest way possible.

1. Download and run

First of all, download the Rufus App and open it.

2. Connect USB

As for now, you have downloaded Rufus. Now you will need to connect the USB you want to burn the ISO on.

5. Run as default

Burn ISO with Rufus

Don’t try to change any options if they are the same as given in the picture. The options should be the same as the picture given. Only filename, drive, volume label can be different.

6. Enter Volume Name

This is optional. You can change your external drive name by clicking on the volume tab.

7. Start

Now press the start button and you are ready to go.

2: ISO Power

This one is one of the most popular USB burners. It is a software used to open, edit, create and manipulate different file formats.

1. Download ISO Power

First, you will need to download the ISO Power file.

2. Insert USB

The second step is to insert the USB drive in your computer.

3. Go-To Tools

Burning ISO file to USB with PowerISO Part 3

Now, go to Tool at the top of the tab. And Choose the Create Bootable USB Drive option.

4. Accept the warning

Burning ISO file to USB with PowerISO Part 4

A warning will be opened. Accept it and move to the next step.

5. Choose Source and Destination

Burning ISO file to USB with PowerISO Part 5

Now choose the necessary parts like the source of the file, the destination of the file. You will also need to choose things like writing methods (we would recommend leaving it to default). When all the settings are set, then click on Start.

6. Ok button

Click on “OK” and you have successfully created a bootable USB drive using Power ISO.

3: ISO Burn

ISO burn also known as WinISO is a professional CD/DVD/USB burner. It is user-friendly and easy to use.

ISO Burn
  1. Download ISO Burn
  2. Install the app.
  3. Click on the Tools section on the top bar then click on the burn image.
  4.  Burn the file (select the option from where the ISO file to choose and where it should be burned and continue)

Question: Can I put an ISO file on a flash drive?

Yes, of course, you can put an iso file on a flash drive. However, if you want to use it you will need a disc burning application to do that. You will need to burn the ISO file to make the flash drive bootable.

Question: Can you use a USB after making it bootable?

Yes, certainly you can use a USB after making it bootable. After formatting the USB drive, you can use it like any other USB driver.

Question: Is there any free tool to burn ISO file on USB?

There are a number of free iso burning tools. Amazing tools like Rufus, WinISO and many more are available in the market who are not only great in performance but as well as are completely free.

Question: Difference between copying and burning a file?

Copying a file means that you have a second duplicate of the same file while burning will write the file on the CD, DVD or any other driver you have selected.

Question: Does an ISO file works on USB?

ISO file is a file format where numbers of files are compressed into a single file. The file can be used any driver like CD, DVD or any external driver.

Question: Can I burn Windows 10 on a USB?

You can burn any Windows OS on a USB drive. The process can be performed by either CMD (command prompt) or using any third-party application.


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