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How to Burn an ISO Image to USB on a Computer or Laptop

Paula Pailaga Posted by Paula Pailaga to Rip DVD Jul 05, 2024

While burning ISO images to a USB drive is not as essential a skill as it once was, there are still some instances in which doing so can be beneficial. For example, watching a movie on a portable device with a USB slot, backing up the installer of an operating system or software to a flash drive, and more. This guide explains how to do it on Windows, macOS, and Linux.

How to Burn Videos from ISO to USB

If you have created some ISO files from video DVDs, the best way to burn ISO to USB is to rip ISO to digital videos, and then transfer them to your USB flash drive. From this point, you need a powerful ISO ripper, such as 4Easysoft DVD Ripper.

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Here is the workflow to save videos from an ISO file to a USB flash drive:

Step 1Launch the software after you install it on your PC. There is another version for Mac users. Click the “Load DVD”, choose “Load DVD ISO”, and open the ISO image file. If you just want to rip a specific video, click the “Full Title List” button and select it on the list.

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Step 2Press the dropdown list on the right side, and choose “Rip to Video/Audio”. Then click the “Rip All to” option at the top right side to open the profile dialog. Choose a proper video format, and pick a preset.

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Step 3At last, set a location folder in the “Save to” option at the bottom, and hit the “Rip All” button to begin converting ISO to videos.

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Step 4When digitizing the DVD finishes, insert a USB flash drive with enough space. Then transfer the ripped video files to the drive.

How to Create Bootable USB from ISO with Rufus on a PC

Rufus is a free utility that helps you create bootable USB drives from ISO files. It can format and create USB drives in different file systems, such as FAT, NTFS, UDF, etc. Also, it can transfer DVD to USB. Here are the steps to burn ISO to USB on a PC:

Step 1Download the freeware. It is a portable tool working on Windows 11/10/8. Open it and plug a USB flash drive into your computer.

Rufus Main Window

Step 2Click the “Device” drop-down list, and choose your USB device. Then Rufus will tell you the information on the USB drive.

Step 3Select “Disk or ISO image” from the “Boot selection” option. Click “Select”, and open the ISO file. The freeware will inspect the ISO file.

Rufus Image Option

Step 4Choose “Standard Windows Installation” from the “Image option” list. Keep the other options with the default value or adjust them accordingly.

Step 5Hit the “Start” button to begin burning ISO to USB immediately.

How to Burn ISO to Bootable USB with Balena Etcher on Mac

Balena Etcher is a free program to burn ISO files to USB or SD flash on macOS, Windows, and Linux. Unlike Rufus, the freeware does not include many custom options and lets you complete the job quickly. Check how to copy a DVD on Windows 10/11 and transfer it in a USB.

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Step 1Download and install the application on your Mac computer. Start it and connect a USB flash drive to your machine.

Step 2Choose “Flash from file”, browse the ISO file, and click “Select”.

Step 3Hit the “Select target” button, and choose your USB flash drive.

Step 4Finally, click on the “Flash!” button to write ISO to a bootable USB.

How to Burn ISO Image to USB with YUMI on Linux

Linux allows you to burn bootable USB from ISO using command lines. However, a few applications simplify the process. YUMI, for example, is such an application. It lets you complete the job within 3 steps.

Yumi Linux

Step 1Install and set up YUMI on your Linux. Insert a blank USB drive into your computer. Open the application.

Step 2Click the source option, and select your USB drive. If you want to refresh your USB, click the “Refresh Drives” button.

Step 3Hit the “Browse ISO” button, browse, and locate the ISO file on your hard disk.

Step 4Click on the “Create” button to begin burning ISO to USB on your Linux.

FAQs of ISO to USB


This guide demonstrates at least four ways to burn an ISO file to a USB flash drive. To create a bootable USB from an ISO file, you need a proper tool for your computer or laptop. 4Easysoft DVD Ripper is the easiest way to extract videos from ISO files so that you can transfer them on USB. If you have other questions, please write them down.

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