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Open Source Win32 Disk Imager Alternatives

The best open source alternative to Win32 Disk Imager is Rufus. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to Win32 Disk Imager and 16 is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to Win32 Disk Imager are balenaEtcher, Clonezilla, UNetbootin and USBImager.

Win32 Disk Imager 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 Win32 Disk Imager.
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  • 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.

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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.

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    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.

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    It's very simple and doesn't take long to flash the Raspberry Pi (Micro) SD Card with the latest version of Raspbian.

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    Doesn't support creating images

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    Cannot create image from drive, just write to drive from image.

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    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.

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    not capable of making backups from USB drive. Can only write image to drive, not the oposite

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

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    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.

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    Can be used for PXE Boot Services

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  4. 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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    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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    ROSA Image Writer

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Optical drives are rapidly disappearing from our computers of all kinds, and consequently installing operating systems from USB flash disks is becoming increasingly popular.

    Discontinued

    Last update was in 2016.

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  7. 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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    Only writes, doesn't read.

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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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    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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    • GNOME MultiWriter can be used to write an ISO file to multiple USB devices at once. Supported drive sizes are between 1Gb and 32Gb.
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