Here is the step by step tutorial to getting started BalenaEtcher to know how you can use Etcher for creating bootable USB flash drives.

If you’re burning a Linux ISO, skip this and go to the Creating Linux bootable USB section below, it has its own steps. Step 3: format USB stick for Windows boot. This single command will erase the USB stick, make it bootable by adding a Master Boot Record (MBR) and create a Windows-friendly filesystem (FAT) on it. And you need a USB flash drive, 8GB is enough for creating a bootable USB installer for macOS Sierra and High Sierra. Note! If you want to create the installer for El Capitan you will need a 16GB USB stick. Okay, below is guide how to do it by yourself. Using Terminal to create macOS usb bootable drive. Enter the commands given below to create the USB flash drive installer. Here, an assumption is made that the ISO file name is snow leopard install.iso and the file resides in your Downloads folder. Also, an assumption is made that the identifier is disk2. If necessary, make the appropriate substitutions.

Even with limited knowledge of ISO files, you can easily turn your USB stick into a bootable drive in minutes. The software's UI is clean and simple to understand, but don't be fooled by looks. It integrates extremely well with multiple file systems and supports a wide range of Windows versions, going from Windows XP all the way up to Windows 10.

Creating a bootable USB flash drive, CD or DVD is the maiden step to give new life to your existing or brand new PC with a new operating system. There are several programs you can use, for creating a bootable USB flash drive, available for different platforms, but most of them are complex, and if not that, you will face a hard time dealing with the tools and the options available for creating a bootable USB flash drive. But you will mostly need two things to create a bootable USB flash drive. An image file, and a USB flash drive to write the same on. If you are having these two things, you are ready to create a bootable USB flash drive.

BalenaEtcher is thus, perfect for the purpose. It doesn’t have unnecessary options to confuse you. BalenaEtcher offers a very simple and intuitive user interface, where you just have to select the image file and the USB flash drive to create a bootable USB stick. Though you can obviously change some necessary settings, the default settings should work without any issues at all. Unlike most other programs, BalenaEtcher is available for Windows 10/8/7, Linux, and Mac OS, which means you will never have to look for new programs to create bootable USB flash drives, lest you switch platforms.

How to install and use BalenaEtcher

Step 1: Download & install Etcher on Windows 10/7


Download and install BalenaEtcher for Windows. The installation of the program on Windows is similar to the installation of other programs on Windows.

If you are using Linux, you can download the source code of BalenaEtcher from GitHub from the same link above, and compile the same to use it.

Step 2: Insert a USB drive

Once the installation is complete, insert the USB flash drive for making the bootable USB flash drive and open Etcher from the desktop shortcut menu or from the Start menu.

Step 3: Select a bootable image for Etcher

You will get the following user interface. Just click on ‘Select Image’ and choose the image for creating the bootable USB flash drive. BalenaEtcher supports several image formats like ISO, BIN, DMG, IMG, ETCH, and many more. Chances are very less, you will have an image with the format not supported by BalenaEtcher.

Step 4: Select the connected USB flash drive on BalenaEtcher

Next, choose the USB flash drive that you want to make bootable. If only a single USB storage device is connected, it will be automatically be selected, else you can click on ‘Change’ to choose a different USB flash drive connected to the system.

Just select the desired USB storage device and click on ‘Continue’.

Step 5: Flash ! to create a bootable USB drive


Finally, click on ‘Flash!’ to create the bootable USB flash drive with the default settings.

Once the process starts, flashing will take some time depending upon the size of the bootable image, and the speed supported by the USB flash drive.
The process of flashing will be followed by validation, after which you will be able to boot from the USB flash drive.

The USB flash drive might get ejected and connected once the process is over, just before the validation process. Don’t worry about it. Once the process is successfully completed, the drive will be ejected automatically, if you don’t change the default settings.

BalenaEtcher is the simplest tool for creating bootable USB flash drives. The user interface is not complex at all, and most newbies can use the software at ease. There aren’t settings that you will find difficult understanding, in BalenaEtcher.

Step 6: Flash Complete, Eject the drive

On getting the ‘Flash Complete!‘ message, you can exit Etcher or starting flashing another USB flash drive.

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So that was it. Do you have any questions about using BalenaEtcher? Feel free to comment the same down below.

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Applies To: Windows Server 2016 Essentials, Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials, Windows Server 2012 Essentials

You can create a bootable USB flash drive to use to deploy Windows Server Essentials. The first step is to prepare the USB flash drive by using DiskPart, which is a command-line utility. For information about DiskPart, see DiskPart Command-Line Options.


Create A Bootable Usb Stick On Mac

To create a bootable USB flash drive for use in recovering or reinstalling Windows on a PC instead of a server, see Create a recovery drive.

Creating A Bootable Esxi Usb Stick On Mac Os X

For additional scenarios in which you may want to create or use a bootable USB flash drive, see the following topics:

To create a bootable USB flash drive

Create Bootable Usb Flash Drive On Macos For Windows 10

  1. Insert a USB flash drive into a running computer.

  2. Open a Command Prompt window as an administrator.

  3. Type diskpart.

  4. In the new command line window that opens, to determine the USB flash drive number or drive letter, at the command prompt, type list disk, and then click ENTER. The list disk command displays all the disks on the computer. Note the drive number or drive letter of the USB flash drive.

  5. At the command prompt, type select disk <X>, where X is the drive number or drive letter of the USB flash drive, and then click ENTER.

  6. Type clean, and the click ENTER. This command deletes all data from the USB flash drive.

  7. To create a new primary partition on the USB flash drive, type create partition primary, and then click ENTER.

  8. To select the partition that you just created, type select partition 1, and then click ENTER.

  9. To format the partition, type format fs=ntfs quick, and then click ENTER.


    If your server platform supports Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI), you should format the USB flash drive as FAT32 rather than as NTFS. To format the partition as FAT32, type format fs=fat32 quick, and then click ENTER.

  10. Type active, and then click ENTER.

  11. Type exit, and then click ENTER.

  12. When you finish preparing your custom image, save it to the root of the USB flash drive.

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