Image burner and USB thumb formatter?

Is there any image burner and USB thumb formatter you would recommend me? obviously libre and for Linux. I’ve tried a couple from my distro’s store but they don’t work on my thumb or they are broken or outdated.

@k_o_t
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1113d

dd?

ghost laptop
creator
013d

What?

@k_o_t
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it’s commonly used utility

burning an os image to a usb is as simple as sudo dd if=/path/to/input.iso of=/dev/? status=progress

where /path/to/input.iso is a full path to the location of the os image, and /dev/? is the usb device you’re writing to (you can find it using the lsblk command, and status=progress is to just see the progress bar

be careful tho, if you enter a wrong drive in the destination, you can erase your os or whatever there is, which is why the utility is sometimes called disk destroyer :)

ghost laptop
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013d

0h, okay, i forgot t0 say that i would prefer something with a gui since im pretty much a noob using the cli, can i format a usb to use it back a normal one with that, too? cos i have a really big one which hasnt been used for some time because of that

@k_o_t
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yes, you can format it using dd, but you’d have to manually partition it and install the file system etc

may i then recommend balena etcher for burning os images, it has a nice gui, worked perfectly every time i used it

and for formatting maybe gparted

both are very popular, and should be in the official repos of your os :)

cyborg
113d

Agreed. Etcher is by far the best GUI option available for linux.

Arch_guy
413d

Ventoy

I second this. With Ventoy, you just copy over the ISO files, meaning you don’t waste the flash drive’s precious write cycles, and this makes it easier to create multiboot USBs (which is what sold me on it). And they support BIOS and UEFI.

Rufus and Unetbootin work fine as well.

I’ve only ever used Etcher on Windows.

Formatting can be handled with gparted and a few other utilities like gnome-disks. Some distros, like MX and openSUSE come with their own software that you can find on other distros.

@AgreeableLandscape
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Rufus and Unetbootin

I’ve used both, both are great! Though ever since I switched to Linux I mostly use dd for install disks.

Popsicle is super easy and reliable. i’ve used it several times and i’ve never had any problem with it.

ghost laptop
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can i format my usb with it?

only to burn an image

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