Rufus is a program for formatting and creating bootable flash sticks , USB keys and memory cards running Windows XP or later. Despite its small size, Rufus provides everything you need to create an installation flash stick with a bootable ISO image with various operating systems or DOS firmware.
Rufus formats and checks for broken cells in USB sticks significantly faster than its counterparts.
According to the authors of the program, Rufus is three times faster than the famous UNetbootin. It is possible to change the size of the partitions in the flash stick (Add Fixes for Old BIOSes in Format Options). If your computer is so old that it can’t detect a USB stick, this option often helps.
Rufus can create bootable flash sticks for the following operating systems: Arch Linux, Archbang, BartPE / pebuilder, CentOS, Damn Small Linux, Fedora, FreeDOS, Gentoo, gNewSense, Hiren’s Boot CD, LiveXP, Knoppix, Kubuntu, Linux Mint, NT Password Registry Editor, OpenSUSE, Parted Magic, Slackware, Tails, Trinity Rescue Kit, Ubuntu, Ultimate Boot CD, Windows XP (SP2 or later), Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1. License: Free (GPLv3 ).
Changes in Rufus 3.14:
Improve DD write speed (uncompressed images only)
Improve checksum computation speed
Improve network connectivity detection
Only prompt for additional GRUB / Syslinux downloads when not writing in DD mode
Fix potential “loss” of disk after writing Ubuntu 20.10 in DD mode
Fix GRUB compatibility issue with Ubuntu 21.04
Fix Rufus MBR not being selected by default for Windows ISOs
Fix drag and drop being enabled during drive creation
Add more “exceptions” for forced DD image writing