How to make an ISO from a USB thumb drive?

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    How to make an ISO from a USB thumb drive?


    I have a bootable Windows 10 installation thumb drive. I would like to make an ISO from it.

    I have seen suggestions for using ImageUSB, which does not create ISO files, however. Its output are .bin files, which are not file-format-compatible with ISO fils.

    What other solutions out there are there? Ideally, it would be a free utility.
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    10 Home x64 (22H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
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    Two ways here:

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    oscdimage or mkisofs command line tools.

    or this is easier Windows-isomaker_x64_x86.zip
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    Bree said:
    Two ways here:
    (…)
    How important is it to place the files at the root level of the USB drive inside of a Windows 10 directory, as is shown in the video you linked?
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    the usual way is to point the directory. If the usb stick is letter K then pointing at K should do the job.
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    @Baeolophus

    You can use the free program AnyBurn to convert .bin.cue files to an ISO...
    The Official AnyBurn Website




    How to do the conversion...
    Convert image file to ISO file


    ALL the tutorials...
    AnyBurn Tutorials
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    Ghot said:
    You can use the free program AnyBurn to convert .bin.cue files to an ISO

    The Official AnyBurn Website




    How to do the conversion...
    Convert image file to ISO file
    that wont create an efi bootable iso.
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    SIW2 said:
    that wont create an efi bootable iso.


    No it won't. It will convert from one image format to another.
    To make the ISO bootable, you would use a program like RUFUS.


    AnyBurn can also create bootable USB drives...
    Setup Windows 7 from USB drive <----same for Win10/11



    AnyBurn can do just about anything.


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    How important is it to place the files at the root level of the USB drive inside of a Windows 10 directory, as is shown in the video

    I dont know why he is doing that unless there is something odd about the program he is using, or he doesnt know what he is doing.
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    Ghot said:
    No it won't. It will convert from one image format to another.
    To make the ISO bootable, you would use a program like RUFUS.


    AnyBurn can also create bootable USB drives...
    Setup Windows 7 from USB drive <----same for Win10/11
    The last time I looked at anyburn it cant create an efi bootable iso.

    I did a long post with screenshots explaining how to use an existing efi bootable iso file as the base as a workaround .

    the thing I linked is much simpler.

    run the exe

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    browse to the distribution directory ( in this example the flash drive is E so select E )

    How to make an ISO from a USB thumb drive?-lancer2.jpg

    type in a name for the iso file
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    select the destination for the iso file

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    It asks if you want efi and bios boot , say yes

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