In this post, we talk about Etcher alternatives, These tools used for Flash OS images to SD cards & USB drives, safely and easily.
What is Etcher ?
Etcher is a powerful OS image flasher built with web technologies to ensure flashing an SDCard or USB drive is a pleasant and safe experience. Etcher is a free and open-source utility used for burning image files such as .iso and .img files, as well as zipped folders to create live SD cards and USB flash drives. It is developed by balena, and licensed under Apache License 2.0. Etcher was developed using the Electron framework and supports Windows, macOS and Linux. It protects you from accidentally writing to your hard-drives, ensures every byte of data was written correctly and much more. balenaEtcher was originally called Etcher, but its name was changed on October 29, 2018 when Resin.io changed its name to Balena.
- Validated Flashing – No more writing images on corrupted cards and wondering why your device isn’t booting.
- Hard Drive Friendly – Makes drive selection obvious to avoid wiping your entire hard-drive
- Beautiful Interface – Who said flashing SD cards has to be an eyesore.
- Open Source – Made with JS, HTML, node.js and Electron. Dive in and contribute!
- Cross Platform – Works for everyone, no more complicated install instructions.
- More on the way – 50% faster flashes, simultaneous writing for multiple drives.
Supported Operating Systems
- Linux (most distros)
- macOS 10.9 and later
- Microsoft Windows 7 and later
Mostly we used rufus for flash Raspbian OS into SD card.
Rufus- Make Bootable Pendrive Easily
Rufus is a utility that helps format and create bootable USB flash drives, such as USB keys/pendrives, memory sticks, etc.
It can be especially useful for cases where:
- you need to create USB installation media from bootable ISOs (Windows, Linux, UEFI, etc.)
- you need to work on a system that doesn’t have an OS installed
- you need to flash a BIOS or other firmware from DOS
- you want to run a low-level utility
This is very small size tool and very fast. Rufus provides everything you need!
UNetbootin allows you to create bootable Live USB drives for Ubuntu and other Linux distributions without burning a CD. You can either let UNetbootin download one of the many distributions supported out-of-the-box for you, or supply your own Linux .iso file.
UNetbootin can create a bootable Live USB drive. It loads distributions either by downloading a ISO (CD image) files for you, or by using an ISO file you’ve already downloaded.
LinuxLive USB Creator
LinuxLive USB Creator is a free and open-source software for Windows. It will help you in your journey of discovery with Linux. For you, LiLi creates portable, bootable and virtualized USB stick running Linux.
LiLi is designed to be used by both beginners and geeks. If you are a beginner, LiLi will let you try Linux for the first time, keeping Windows clean of any modifications. And if you are a geek, LiLi will allow you to test almost any Linux distributions directly from Windows, or just install them from a USB flash drive instead of CDs.
WinToFlash is powerful app for bootable USB creation with millions of satisfied users all around the globe. With WinToFlash you can create a Multiboot bootable USB drive with Windows Setup, live linux, offline antivirus, data recovery, hardware tests or even run fully functional Windows like Windows To Go from a USB in just a couple of mouse clicks! WinToFlash makes the job hassle free for you.
SARDU MultiBoot Creator
SARDU MultiBoot Creator is a useful application designed to help you create an emergency rescue CD or USB drive. These drives can be used to check and to repair your system in case of a failure.
Most computer users have dealt with a situation when the computer simply cannot start the operating system. Although every one of us hopes to avoid this type of event, it is better to be prepared by having a recovery disk at hand.
This program intends to help you create a recovery disk with the tools required to diagnose and to repair the issues that prevents your computer from starting properly. The disk can be customized by creating multiple boot options and by adding the utilities that you need for your system configuration.
These are some OS Image flasher and “Etcher alternatives”.
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