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dd is described as 'that stands for ‘data duplicator’, is a command-line utility for Unix mainly used for copying and converting data' and is a popular bootable usb creator in the os & utilities category. There are more than 25 alternatives to dd for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, PortableApps.com and Ubuntu. The best alternative is Rufus, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like dd are balenaEtcher, UNetbootin, Clonezilla and USBImager.

dd alternatives are mainly Bootable USB Creators but may also be Disk Imaging Tools or Disk Cloning Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of dd.
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  • Mac
  • Linux
  • BSD

dd, that stands for ‘data duplicator’, is a command-line utility for Unix mainly used for copying and converting data.

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  1. Rufus is a utility that helps format and create bootable USB flash drives, such as USB keys/pendrives, memory sticks, etc.

    ⚫︎ LightweightRufus consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ PortableRufus can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Does not show normal hard disk partitions in the list of possible targets. So much narrower field of use than dd.

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  2. balenaEtcher is a free and open-source image burner with support for Windows, macOS and GNU/Linux. It makes USB and SD card image burning as simple and fast as possible.

    ⚫︎ PortablebalenaEtcher can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    doesn't copy as fast, nor does it have a high success rate.

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    Does the same, but with GUI

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    doesnt support windows iso

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  3. UNetbootin (Universal Netboot Installer) is a cross-platform utility that can load Linux and other distributions to a partition or USB drive.

    ⚫︎ PortableUNetbootin can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Most users think UNetbootin is a great alternative to dd.

    UNetbootin has graphical interface.

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    can't burn on mac a USB flash drive as a mountable windows installer system

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  4. Clonezilla is a free software disaster recovery, disk cloning and deployment solution.

    ⚫︎ PortableClonezilla can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Needs a dd-like tool to even install it! If I had that (under Windows), I wouldn't need Clonezilla!

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    USBImager

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Raspberry Pi

    USBImager is a really really simple GUI application that writes compressed disk images to USB drives and creates backups.

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    KDE Partition Manager

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    KDE Partition Manager is a utility program to help you manage the disk devices, partitions and file systems on your computer. It allows you to easily create, copy, move, delete, resize without losing data, backup and restore partitions.

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    Deepin Boot Maker

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Deepin Boot Maker is a boot maker developed by Deepin Technology Team. It is simple in interface and easy to operate. It helps users to easily make deepin boot disk.

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  8. MiniTool ShadowMaker is a backup software for Windows and provides enterprise-level backup. It backs up OS, individual files and folders, disks and partitions to storage devices for file protection with two methods - backup and sync; both support auto backup.

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  9. mintstick

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Linux Mint

    Linux Mint's USB Image Writer (mintstick) is an easy to use and dependable means of creating bootable USBs.

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    Raspberry Pi Imager

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Raspbian

    Use Raspberry Pi Imager for an easy way to install Raspberry Pi OS and other operating systems to an SD card ready to use with your Raspberry Pi.

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