Can't Burn iso files to USB (Windows 10 Pro)


  1. Posts : 76
    Windows 10
       #1

    Can't Burn iso files to USB (Windows 10 Pro)


    So am not sure if this is my Thumb Drive that's causing an issue or something Windows 10. I have an iso file that when I right click and choose burn image file to disk I don't have the option to burn to usb thumb drive. Anyone have any ideas?
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  2. dalchina's Avatar
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    Win 10 Pro (1903)
       #2

    There isn't the equivalent of burning an iso to a DVD for a flash drive. (Burning in DVD terms = changing a metallic layer embedded within the DVD with a laser).

    Copying an iso file to a flash drive merely makes it a data drive- not bootable.

    To create a bootable flash drive from a suitable iso file- assuming that's what you're trying to do- follow one of the options (Option 2 onwards - ignore the material before Option 2) in this tutorial, but use the iso you have.
    Create Bootable USB Flash Drive to Install Windows 10

    If it's a bootable Win 10 usb flash drive you need with the current build, then very easy to use this (just Google)
    Microsoft media creation tool

    That's Option 1 in the tutorial.
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    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       #3

    Were you attempting to copy a flash drive to another flash drive?
    Or create a brand new iso?
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  4. sygnus21's Avatar
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    Win 10 Pro (x64) 21H1 (19043.1023
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    To answer your direct question...
    sparker781 said:
    So am not sure if this is my Thumb Drive that's causing an issue or something Windows 10. I have an iso file that when I right click and choose burn image file to disk I don't have the option to burn to usb thumb drive. Anyone have any ideas?
    Windows doesn't give you the option to burn an ISO file to thumb drive because ISO's are designed to be burned to optical disks (CD/DVD/Blu-Ray) and not a thumb drives - What Is An ISO File (And How Do I Use Them)?
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  5. Samuria's Avatar
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    THe media creation tool when you finish gives an option to do it for you
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  6. sygnus21's Avatar
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    Samuria said:
    THe media creation tool when you finish gives an option to do it for you
    The Media Creation Tool will inform you of the need to use a disk for an ISO file
    Can't Burn iso files to USB (Windows 10 Pro)-mct-using-iso-option.jpg

    The OP's is trying to burn an ISO file and their question is why can't they "burn to usb thumb drive". You can't, you need to have a disk.
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  7. Bree's Avatar
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    sparker781 said:
    I have an iso file that when I right click and choose burn image file to disk I don't have the option to burn to usb thumb drive...
    You haven't told us exactly what is on this ISO, all most of the answers so far have assumed that it is a ISO for the Windows 10 install media. The answers would be totally different if it was, for example, an ISO for a music CD, a video DVD or a Linux Live ISO.

    As has been explained, 'burning' refers to creating an optical disk from the ISO (which is an image of a DVD or CD, including the file structure used on the optical disk).

    You cannot 'burn' an ISO to a USB, the file structure in the ISO image is totally different from that used on a USB. If this is indeed an ISO to install Windows 10 then dalchina has pointed you to the appropriate tutorial. If the ISO is for something else, then we need to know exactly what it is before advising.
    Last edited by Bree; 19 Dec 2019 at 21:05.
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  8. sygnus21's Avatar
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    Bree said:
    all the answers so far have assumed that it is a ISO for the Windows 10 install media.
    Not me. I simply answered the question at hand. I think the assumptions being created is what may cause confusion.
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  9. Bree's Avatar
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    sygnus21 said:
    Not me. I simply answered the question at hand. I think the assumptions being created is what may cause confusion.
    No, not you, sorry

    You explained why you can't burn an ISO to a usb. I should (and now have) said that most of the others made assumptions...
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  10. dalchina's Avatar
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    Win 10 Pro (1903)
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    And I clearly stated I was making that assumption.
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