12 Best Bootable USB Creation Tools / Software

1. Rufus
If you don't want to hunt for separate tool for every operating system to test and it claims to be a fastest tool available on the internet. Rufus is a simple, straight forward and simple to use tool. It is as simple as a USB format tool finds in every Windows operating system.

  • You just run the Rufus and it will automatically scan your available USB ports for connecting media and show the detected USB drive names.
  • Select the appropriate USB drive, select file system to use on a flash drive, give appropriate name and show the path to ‘bootable’ .ISO image of your targeted operating system.
  • The .ISO image on your hard disk must be a valid bootable image because Rufus scan the image before you load it. If you get any error, just uncheck ‘Create bootable disk’ option.
  • Rufus can be used to create bootable USB drive for All Windows versions and all Linux distros.

+ Fast, easy, run without installation.
- Nothing
Download Rufus


Quote:2. WinToBootic
Again a basic tool with minimum option. Just drag and drop your .ISO image or click on ‘drop ISO here’ icon.

It will auto detect your USB media, you just have to hit the ‘Do It’ button, WinToBootic will do the everything rest.
+ minimal interface, run without installation.
- Does not support Linux
Download WinToBootic

Quote:3. RMPrepUSB
It's all in one tool but too much difficult with a clutter of options and settings. If you don't know what are you doing, don't use it. This is for advanced user and I personally do not recommend it if you just want to write a bootable USB disk and test a new operating system. But if you want tweak the boot loader, change filesystem then RMPrepUSB is for you.

  • The special feature of RMPrepUSB is you can create a partition in USB drive just like you do on your hard disk making it more useful for saving files plus using the same drive as a separate folder for storing files.
  • This keeps your files separate from the operating system files.
Support all OS.
+ For advanced users.
- Difficult to use
Download RMPrepUSB

Quote:4. Universal USB Installer
Though the name is Universal, this is a specialized tool for Linux and have a predefined list of most of the Linux distributions available. When you select the Linux distribution from the drop down menu, it provides a link for homepage of that distribution from where you can directly download the Linux distribution. If you already have on local disk, just browse to the ISO disk and select the appropriate USB flash drive to make it bootable for your favorite Linux distribution.

The extra feature of Universal USB Installer is that you can prepare a Live antivirus rescue disk using it. A special option for this is also given for reuse CD.
+ Specialized menu for Linux, also support Window 7
Download Universal USB Installer

Quote:5. YUMI

Yumi (Your Univarsal Multiboot Installer) is a special tool from the developer of Universal USB Installer except it has a special feature of installing more than one operating system in one USB drive without formatting it.
Untuk Yumi ini bisa 3 lebih os yang dimasukin
Download YUMI

Quote:6. UNetbootin

  • This tool is an exact clone of Universal USB installer or you can also say Universal USB installer is a clone of UNetbootin.
  • No any difference is found in this software and this is also specialized to create a bootable USB for any Linux distribution.
  • If you are not using Windows as your host operating system, then UNetbootin is an option to go for. UNetbootin is available for Linux, iOS and Windows.
  • So if you are using Linux, most of the software's listed here will not run where UNetbootin will come to help.

Download UNetbootin


7. Linux Live USB Creator (LiLi)

  • This is really a great eye candy plus an excellent user interface. Apple style website with everything at right place and well categorized. The software is also excellent.
  • The special feature called built-in Virtualization allow users to run the installed Linux operating system without restarting the Windows which are an exclusive feature of LiLi.
If you are concerned only about Linux you must go for this.
Download LiLi Creator

Quote:8. Koala

The koala is also a tool that will help you to boot new operating system from USB stick. This is not a tool that will allow you to browse an ISO file stored on your hard disk and write it to the USB drive. Koala only scans CD / DVD drive to find .ISO images of Linux OS. Not recommended.
Download Koala

Quote:9. WinSetUp From USB

This is also a tool for those who want to install multiple operating system on one USB device.
WinSetup From USB let you install Windows 7, Windows vista, any Linux distribution using Ubuntu variant and any Linux distribution using SysLinux one single USB device.
  • This is an exclusive function of Win Setup From USB and you must download it and give a try. When you prepare the USB drive using ‘WinSetup From USB’ you will be presented with the list of operating systems installed on the thumb drive and select the preferred operating system to boot from.
  • Though the interface is simple, non expert users may find it difficult to use.

Download WinSetUp From USB

Quote:10. WinUSB Maker

This is more that just a bootable USB creation tool, though you can use it for that also. This is a special tool that will allow you to clone hard disk partition on your portable memory device like USB thumb drive or portable hard disk.
WinUSB maker copies exact partition of your local hard disk along with the boot files and file structure. You can also restore the saved partition from the USB device to your hard disk making it useful as a backup tool. This is a must have tool for everyone. We have already discussed about this earlier here.
Download WinUSB Maker

Quote:11. XBoot

This is more than just a bootable usb maker. You can create rescue cd or a disk having multiple operating systems or tools like antivirus rescue cd. It combines multiples tools in ISO image making it more useful than just a USB creating tool. XBoot can create ISO image from files and then write these files to USB drive for booting or installation.
Download XBoot here

Quote:12. Windows Bootable Image Creator
This is a straight forward and ultra small tool that accomplish its job as you expect. It has super simple interface and minimum buttons to avoid confusion of new user. This is a tool from AskVG.

There are only basic buttons and only one task to do. Just create a bootable USB drive to install or try new operating systems. I wonder how it is so small and lite. It is just 160KB in size.
Download Windows Bootable Image Creator


  • WinToFlash
  • WinToFlash is likely to make a big difference to the way you work. It will make life a lot easier for you. Quickly and simply install the program you needs and in no time at all you will find yourself writing essays on Windows and using your USB. The WinToFlash makes the job hassle free for you.
    Download WinToFlash
  • Win 7 USB/DVD Download Tool
  • Windows 8 USB Installer Maker
  • Bootable
  • Flashboot

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