In this comprehensive guide, we will walk you through the process of burning a Windows 10 ISO file to a USB drive. This is a crucial step if you’re planning to install Windows 10 on a system without an optical drive. We will cover three methods: using the
dd command, using WoeUSB, and using Rufus.
To burn a Windows 10 ISO to a USB drive, you can use the
dd command in the terminal, WoeUSB, or Rufus. Each method has its own advantages, so choose the one that suits your needs and technical comfort level.
Preparing the USB Drive
Before we begin, ensure that your USB drive has at least 8GB of storage and that all important data has been backed up, as this process will erase everything on the drive.
Method 1: Using
dd command is a powerful Unix tool used for converting and copying files.
Open your terminal and type the following command:
sudo dd if=/path/to/windows.iso of=/dev/sdX bs=4M
Here’s what each parameter does:
ifstands for “input file”. Replace
/path/to/windows.isowith the path to your Windows 10 ISO file.
ofstands for “output file”. Replace
/dev/sdXwith your USB drive’s device name.
bsstands for “block size”. Setting it to
4Mspeeds up the burning process.
Please note that this method might not work for all systems.
Method 2: Using WoeUSB
WoeUSB is a simple tool that enables you to create your own bootable Windows installation USB storage device from an existing Windows Installation disc or disk image.
First, install WoeUSB by running the following commands in a terminal:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt update
sudo apt install woeusb
Once installed, use the following command to burn the ISO to the USB drive:
sudo woeusb --target-filesystem NTFS --device /path/to/windows.iso /dev/sdX
In this command:
--target-filesystem NTFSspecifies the file system of the target USB drive.
--devicespecifies the source ISO file and the target USB drive.
Method 3: Using Rufus
If you have access to a Windows system, you can use Rufus, a popular tool for creating bootable USB drives.
After downloading and running Rufus:
- Insert your USB drive and select it in Rufus.
- Choose the Windows 10 ISO file.
- Click “Start” to create the bootable USB drive.
Burning a Windows 10 ISO to a USB drive is a practical solution for installing the operating system on a device without an optical drive. Whether you prefer using the
dd command, WoeUSB, or Rufus, each method has its own advantages. Choose the one that best fits your needs and technical comfort level.
No, it is recommended to use a USB drive with at least 8GB of storage to ensure that there is enough space for the Windows 10 ISO file and any necessary installation files.
Yes, the process of burning a Windows 10 ISO to a USB drive will erase all the data on the drive. It is important to backup any important data before proceeding with the burning process.
dd command is a Unix tool and is not available on Windows systems. It can only be used on Unix-based operating systems like Linux or macOS.
No, WoeUSB is a tool specifically designed for Linux-based systems. It is not compatible with Windows.
No, Rufus is a Windows-only tool. It is not available for macOS or Linux systems.