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    Win32 Disk Imager Alternatives

    Win32 Disk Imager is described as 'A utility that can write a raw backup image of your hard drive to a removable device or vice versa' and is a popular Disk Imaging tool in the backup & sync category. There are more than 25 alternatives to Win32 Disk Imager for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, and Raspbian. The best alternative is Rufus, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Win32 Disk Imager are balenaEtcher, Clonezilla, UNetbootin and ApplePi-Baker v2.

    Win32 Disk Imager is mainly a Bootable USB Creator but alternatives to it 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 Win32 Disk Imager.
    This page was last updated May 23, 2022
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    A utility that can write a raw backup image of your hard drive to a removable device or vice versa.
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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.
    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.
      balenaEtcher vs Win32 Disk Imager opinions
      Some users think balenaEtcher is a great alternative to Win32 Disk Imager, some don't.
      Worked great for Raspberry Pi SD Card image.
      Top positive comment  about 5 years ago

      It's very simple and doesn't take long to flash the Raspberry Pi (Micro) SD Card with the latest version of Raspbian.
      Top positive comment  over 2 years ago

      not capable of making backups from USB drive. Can only write image to drive, not the oposite
      Top negative comment  about 2 years ago

      Cannot create image from drive, just write to drive from image.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

      This is an "etcher" or a disk writer. Win32 Disk Imager is a reader and created the filetypes that Balena uses to write to a disk. Balena is not capable of reading from a disk to an image file.
      Negative comment about 2 years ago

      Doesn't support creating images
      Negative comment about 4 years ago


    3. Clonezilla is a free software disaster recovery, disk cloning and deployment solution.
      Clonezilla vs Win32 Disk Imager opinions
      Some users think Clonezilla is a great alternative to Win32 Disk Imager, some don't.
      Clonezilla is more akin to Norton Ghost or other partition restoration software. Win32 is more useful for writing images to USB keys, etc.
      Negative comment almost 5 years ago

      Can be used for PXE Boot Services
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

    4. UNetbootin (Universal Netboot Installer) is a cross-platform utility that can load Linux and other distributions to a partition or USB drive.
    5. Restore/Backup Utility, initially intended for Raspberry Pi users, but very suitable for all SD cards and external disks. More compression formats, no more sudo passwords, enable SSH, Auto Eject, restore to multiple disks, size check, shrink, etc.
      ApplePi-Baker v2 vs Win32 Disk Imager opinions
      Most users think ApplePi-Baker v2 is a great alternative to Win32 Disk Imager.
      Creates backup images from usb, and restores images to create backup copy. Simple UI, works exactly as required. Seems to use unix dd command to make disk duplicate.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago


    6. Protect your data, upgrade your hard disk or try new operating systems in the safe knowledge that everything is securely saved in an easily recovered backup file. Macrium Reflect supports backup to local, network and USB drives.
    7. A very minimal GUI app that can write compressed disk images to USB drives.
    8. Acronis Cyber Protect Home Office is a software product produced by Acronis that provides data protection including, backup, archive, access and recovery for Microsoft, macOS, iOS and Android operating systems.
      Some users think Acronis Cyber Protect Home Office is a great alternative to Win32 Disk Imager, some don't.
    9. Optical drives are rapidly disappearing from our computers of all kinds, and consequently installing operating systems from USB flash disks is becoming increasingly popular.


      Last update was in 2016.

    10. 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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