dd Alternatives for Linux

    There are many alternatives to dd for Linux if you are looking for a replacement. The best Linux alternative is balenaEtcher, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 10 alternatives to dd and 12 are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to dd are UNetbootin (Free, Open Source), Clonezilla (Free, Open Source), KDE Partition Manager (Free, Open Source) and USBImager (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jan 6, 2021

    1. 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.
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      balenaEtcher vs dd opinions
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      doesn't copy as fast, nor does it have a high success rate.
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

      doesnt support windows iso
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

      tijmen Does the same, but with GUI
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

    2. UNetbootin (Universal Netboot Installer) is a cross-platform utility that can load Linux and other distributions to a partition or USB drive.
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      UNetbootin vs dd opinions
      Most users think UNetbootin is a great alternative to dd.
      can't burn on mac a USB flash drive as a mountable windows installer system
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

      UNetbootin has graphical interface.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago


    3. Clonezilla is a free software disaster recovery, disk cloning and deployment solution.
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    4. 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.
    5. A very minimal GUI app that can write compressed disk images to USB drives.
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    6. 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.
    7. * GNOME MultiWriter can be used to write an ISO file to multiple USB devices at once. Supported drive sizes are between 1Gb and 32Gb.
    8. Linux Mint's pre-installed live USB iso image writer.
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      • 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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    9. (Straight up rufus for Linux users ) The mkusb tool was developed to make it simpler and safer to create boot drives with the method to flash or clone an iso image or a compressed image file. It is using dd under the hood.
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