ISO to USB: How to Burn ISO to USB in Windows 10

Jean updated on Sep 02, 2019 to Backup and Recovery | How-to Articles

Burning the Windows 10 ISO file to a USB is an inevitable step when you want to install Windows from a USB or create a bootable USB drive. However, burning ISO to a USB is just one of the many steps to achieve your goal of creating a Windows 10 installation disk. For example, after burning the ISO file to the USB flash drive, you will further need to download the Windows USB/DVD download tool to finish the remaining procedure. Luckily, there is an alternative way to create a bootable disk for Windows 10, which is far more effective than burning ISO to a USB in Windows 10.  Apply one of the two methods below according to your needs:

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Easier Way: Create a Windows 10 Bootable USB Directly
Burn ISO to a USB with Third-Party Tool

Easier Way: Create a Windows 10 Bootable USB Drive

If your purpose is to create a bootable USB drive which you can boot Windows 10 from, don't bother burning the ISO file to a USB anymore. With the Windows backup software - EaseUS Todo Backup, you can make your Windows 10 portable in only three steps, sparing you from downloading the ISO file, burning the ISO file to the USB, and more.

USB requirements:

1. Check how much disk space is used for the system C drive. Let's assume 40GB. Then prepare a qualified USB drive, of which the disk capacity must be larger than 40GB.

2. Do you use an empty new USB drive or an old one? Make sure that all the important data has been safely transferred because the system clone will overwrite data on it completely.

3. Correctly connect the USB drive to your machine and make sure that Windows has detected it and assigned a drive letter to it.

Follow the overall process to create a portable Windows USB drive and boot from it:

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Todo Backup. Expand the menu and click "System Clone" in the lower position.

click system clone

Step 2. On the "System clone" window, the software will choose the system partition and boot partition by default. Just Choose the USB drive as the destination disk. 

Click on "Advanced options" and then "Create Portable Windows USB drive". Click "OK".

choose the usb drive to create a portable windows usb drive

Click "Proceed". The software will start immediately cloning the default partitions of your desktop/laptop to the USB drive. After the cloning process is over, you can safely plug the USB drive out.

start to create portable windows usb drive

Step 3. Boot from the USB drive.

  • Connect your portable USB to the computer
  • Restart the computer and press "Del" to enter BIOS
  • Set the PC to boot from the portable USB by changing the boot order in BIOS under the "Boot" tab
  • Save changes and you'll see your system booting up from the USB drive
 

Being different from burning a downloaded Windows ISO file to a USB flash drive, EaseUS Todo Backup allows you to create a bootable Windows 10 USB directly. Besides, if you want to install Windows 10 from the USB by burning ISO to the USB and then creating a Windows 10 installation disk, this software can also provide you a much more convenient way to install Windows 10 on your computer, that is to migrate Windows 10 from another computer without reinstallation. 

Another outstanding feature you may need is to create an emergency USB. With it, you can boot your computer with the USB and rescue your data when the computer fails to boot properly.

EaseUS Todo Backup is an unmissable tool for you to protect your important data, whether it's on your computer, external hard drive, USB flash drive or other external storage devices. Try it and you will know how useful it is.

How to Burn ISO to USB in Windows 10

To burn ISO to a USB in Windows 10, a third-party tool is necessary since it's not simply copying and pasting. In addition, depending on where the ISO file is, for example, on your computer or in the Windows 10 installation DVD, you will have different approaches to burn the ISO file to the USB.  If you have downloaded the Windows 10 ISO file on your computer, you can apply the ISO to USB burner such as Rufus to burn ISO to USB flash drive. Go to visit Rufus (https://rufus.ie/) and download the latest version of Rufus. After that, double-click the .exe file to launch Rufus and connect your USB to your computer. Then:

Step 1. From the Device drop-down menu, choose the USB device you want to burn the ISO file to.

Step 2. From the Boot selection drop-down menu, choose "Disk or ISO image (Please select)", then click "SELECT" and choose the ISO file stored on your computer.

Step 3. To ensure you can boot from the USB on both UEFI and BIOS computer, choose "MBR" under Partition scheme, 

Step 4. Leave the other options unchanged and click "Start" to begin burning the Windows 10 ISO file to the USB drive.

How to Burn ISO to USB in Window 10

Since the process will format the USB, you'd better back up it in advance with a backup utility. If you realize that you have lost data after burning ISO to the USB, you can recover your files with the most popular free data recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard.

Conclusion

Whether you want to install Windows 10 from USB or create a bootable USB for Windows 10, your needs can be satisfied more easily with the help of EaseUS Todo Backup. Don't hesitate to give it a try.

 
 

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What is the difference between Clone and Backup? In what cases should I use Clone?

Clone will copy one disk to another or one partition to another (unallocated space is also supported). Usually, this option is used to upgrade the current disk by creating an identical copy. Backup will generate a .PBD image file containing the selected files or system that can be restored from the .PBD image if needed.

What is the difference between System Backup and Disk Backup?

System Backup will auto-select the system boot related partition(s) as the backup source to make sure the system image can be restored properly. Disk/Partition Backup will allow you to manually select a whole disk or speficy a certain partition as the backup source. You will get the same backup result as System Backup if you manually select the system and boot partitions with the Disk/Partition Backup option.

As a computer newbie, what features should I use to protect my computer?

You can use System Backup to back up the system and boot partitions, use Disk/Partition backup to back up the data partition and add plans to run an automatic backup. If you use the computer frequently or have software that may cause boot failure of the computer, we would suggest you back up the computer every 1 to 2 days. For other situations, you can backup the computer once a week. In addition, you can schedule File Backup to back up the files which are changed frequently.

What kind of storage service should I use to save my backup images?

EaseUS Todo Backup can save backup images to internal disks, external disks, network drives, or free cloud(Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive) and CD/DVD. It is suggested to save the images to the internal/external/network drives to save time as those kinds of disks have a better read-write speed. It is suggested NOT to save the image on the source disk, because once the disk is damaged, all the files on the disk will become unavailable and you will be unable to restore the image.

As a company network administrator, what features should I use to protect our internal computers?

It is recommended that you use the SQL Backup feature to back up your company's SQL server and Exchange Backup feature to back up the Exchange server. In addition, you can execute System Backup to back up the system and boot partitions on every computer and set a plan to execute the backup once a day or twice a week to ensure that the computer can be restored timely when it has boot issues. File Backup feature can be used to back up important user data. If there are a large quantity of computers, you can purchase EaseUS Backup Center to manage the backups on the client computers centrally.

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