There are several popular Backup software that lets you create a bootable USB flash drive, which is quite useful in troubleshooting the PC. Typically, they are useful while upgrading your computer’s hard disk like for example swapping the HDD with a SSD or things like that. Most of these backup software do give option to burn the Rescue Disc image (also termed as recovery image) to USB flash drive too, apart from default CD/DVD option. But there are some software for instance Acronis True Image 2016, which only lets you burn image to CD or save the ISO image to hard drive. These days DVD drive is getting obsolete, and infact modern ultra notebooks won’t even have them.
There are several free tools that can make a bootable USB flash drive from an image file, but one I am picking is simplistic and clean from adware and gets the job done without hassles.
ISO-to-USB Free Utility
Acronis True Image 2016 tool Rescue Media Builder can only save a ISO file to the hard disk, which in itself is useless when copied directly to USB flash drive or CD.
Windows can burn the ISO image to CD without the need of additional utility, but for burning it on USB flash drive, ISO to USB utility comes in handy.
What You Need:Download ISO to USB Utility
You also need a empty USB flash drive which should typically be 1GB or more for these kind of media creation.
Click the “Browse” button and select the ISO file that you want to burn to USB. For example AcronicsBootableMedia.ISO. Make sure to check the box “Bootable, only supports Windows bootable ISO image“. Click “Burn” and wait for process to finish.
After the process is complete, it’s is good idea to check if the USB bootable media is successfully created or not, at least there will be no last moment surprises when actually troubleshooting your PC. Leave the USB flash drive plugged in and shutdown the PC. Boot into USB flash drive and if everything went well you should see the recovery image, for example Acronis environment in the below screenshot.