Win32 Disk Imager Alternatives for Linux

    Win32 Disk Imager is not available for Linux but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on Linux with similar functionality. 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 25 alternatives to Win32 Disk Imager and 12 are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to Win32 Disk Imager are Clonezilla (Free, Open Source), UNetbootin (Free, Open Source), USBImager (Free, Open Source) and ROSA Image Writer (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Oct 24, 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 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  over 4 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  about 2 years 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.
      Top negative comment  over 1 year ago

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

      not capable of making backups from USB drive. Can only write image to drive, not the oposite
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

      Doesn't support creating images
      Negative comment over 3 years ago

    2. 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.
      Negative comment over 4 years ago

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


    3. 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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    4. A very minimal GUI app that can write compressed disk images to USB drives.
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    5. Optical drives are rapidly disappearing from our computers of all kinds, and consequently installing operating systems from USB flash disks is becoming increasingly popular.

    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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      Only writes, doesn't read.
      Negative comment 11 months ago

    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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    10. Fast and reliable disk-based backup that captures full, differential and incremental point-in-time backup images of your entire system. This includes the operating system, applications, configuration settings and data.
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