Burn OS image to SD cards
Modern laptops and desktops no longer allow users to insert discs anymore. With this, burning ISO image of operating systems to a disc is a niche existence. Good thing, there are utility programs that allow users to burn OS images to SD cards and USB drives. BalenaEtcher—more commonly known as Etcher—is an open-source and free app used for writing image files onto storage media. It is a simple burner that seamlessly burns images of your OS in three easy and straightforward steps. With this, novice users can avoid having to deal with sophisticated procedures.
Before you start downloading Etcher into your desktop, you need to know that the app's download is quite large. However, its functionality proves to be worth it. The software has a modern and stylish interface, consisting of a single window where you can specify the image you want to burn and the drive you want the image saved. Note that Etcher supports only a handful of images, including ISO, IMG, or ZIP formats.
To make up for its limited format support, Etcher does most of its operations automatically. Your only assignment is to select the OS image and the card. In case you have multiple cards connected, the program lets you choose which one you prefer for processing. If you want to burn OS images on multiple cards or drives, Etcher allows simultaneous processing.
Once done, you can load a new image or burn the same one on another drive. Etcher burns 50% faster than some similar apps. More, it makes drive selection obvious to prevent wiping your entire hard-drive. It also offers validated burning, so you can avoid writing images on corrupted cards.
Burning made easy
The advantage of using Etcher is that it offers a simplified operation. The app allows you to create a bootable image in three easy steps, which are outlined in the interface upon launching. The process starts with you selecting an ISO file. Then, you will need to choose which drive you want the ISO image saved. After that, you only need to start the flashing.
By default, Etcher tries to identify the correct driver automatically after you selected the ISO image. With this, you can skip another the second step and jump to the final step. The program displays your progress in percent, along with the current write speed and the estimated time of completion.
The app validates the copying of data after every process to ensure that everything is copied correctly. It also helps to avoid running into corruption issues when running the operating system or installing it on a new device.
The entirety of the operation will take only a couple of minutes. It will take longer due to the validation. You may disable the step in the settings if you don't require it. Additionally, you may display the reporting of errors. On top of that, the drive is unmounted when the process is complete. On the downside, Etcher does not come with many configuration options.
An efficient tool
Etcher is a handy option if you are looking for an efficient image burning tool. The app offers a hassle-free solution, allowing you to burn the OS of your choice to any portable storage. More, the process completes fast and without complications. All in all, the app is worth a try if you want to run your operating system to another platform.