Create Windows 10 Bootable USB on Mac (Mojave/High Serria/EL)

April.18, 2019 15:36. Posted by to Tutorials
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Can you create a Windows bootable USB on Mac? The truth is that creating Windows 10 bootable USB on a Mac is not that hard with the propler tools or commands. Unfortunately, some of the well-known apps that are supposed to help us aren't always the most desired one in 2019 with the recent macOS update, mostly due to the weak support for macOS High Serria and Mojave.

 

Why not using Disk Utility app on Mac? Disk Utility is the default app for ISO burning on Mac. It used to work really well on older versions of Mac OS X such as EL Capitan. But with the release of macOS 10.12 Sierra, there have been several issues reported by a significant number of users. One such issue is Disk Utility not launching, and this problem was even reported on a machine running the older macOS 10.11 El Capitan. In other cases, you can't put a Windows 10 ISO file on a USB to create bootable USB because of the size of the ISO file. If you're facing any of these issues, it's better to abandon Disk Utility and explore other ways to create a Windows bootable USB on Mac.

 

Download Windows 10 ISO File: An ISO file is the exact copy of any disk. In this case, it is a copy of the Windows installation disk. Since you need this to create bootable media on Mac, getting Windows 10 ISO image is the first step. It's actually much easier getting it on a Mac because you bypass the Media Creation Tool that appears by default when you go to the site on a Windows machine.

 

On your Mac, go to the corresponding Microsoft download page for the required version of Windows. Follow the instructions by making the appropriate selections and download the file to your Downloads folder in Mac. Now that you have the ISO file in hand, you will need to create the bootable USB. The sections below describe two methods to do this.

 

How to Create Windows 10 Bootable USB on Mac (Mojave/High Serria/EL Capitan)

 

ISO is not a very Mac-friendly file format, and we already saw that Disk Utility is not really the best tool for creating bootable USB from an ISO file. A solid alternative is ISO Burner for Mac, a popular disk authoring tool that allows you to create, extract, edit, copy and burn ISO files. The stand-out feature is that it doesn't need any technical expertise to operate. All you need is a USB drive, the software and Windows 10 ISO file.

 

Unlike other ISO Burning apps on Mac, ISO Burner for Mac doesn't require additional settings to make the USB bootable from Windows 10 ISO. Once the ISO file being loaded into the program, the app will format the USB with corresponding file format and write propler booting scheme according to the ISO image. That's the best part of this amazing burning app.

 

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Step 1: Install and Open ISO Burner on Mac

Download ISO Burner on Mac and click the .dmg file to start the installation process. Don't forget to drag the app icon to Applications folder at the end of installation process.

 

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Step 2: Plag USB Stick into Mac

Now insert the USB drive to Mac and the drive will be detected by the software, and when you click the Burn module, you will be able to see it there. Add the ISO file to the application using the Browse button at the top.

 

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Step 3: Burn Windows 10 ISO to USB on Mac

Click Burn icon at the bottom to start the ISO burning process. According to our test, you need to wait for 10 minutes to complete the task. Please keep the computer running so the process won't be interrupted.

 

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This is by far the easiest way to create a Windows bootable USB on Mac if you don't have any experience with ISO files, disk burning and related tasks. It's intuitive and user-friendly, and it allows you to work with ISO files as if they were native to the macOS environment.

 

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Create Windows 10 Bootable USB on Mac for PC without Bootcamp - Terminal App

If you're a little more tech-savvy, you may want to try this method, which involves the use of command line inputs in the Mac Terminal application. You will be able to find it by using Spotlight search (alt + Spacebar) or in Applications > Utilities. Once you have it open, follow the steps shown below:

 

Step 1: The first step is to find out the name of your USB drive, which you can do by using the following command (hit Enter after every command shown here): diskutil list

 

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Step 2: Note down the name of your drive under the Identifier column shown in Terminal. In this example, let's say it is called disk1s1. The next command is used to unmount the disk, but do not remove it from the computer. Run the following command: sudo umount /dev/disk1s1

 

Step 3: The next step is to burn the ISO file to your USB drive, but you may first need to enter your admin credentials. Do that now and run the command shown below: dd if=/path/to/image.iso of=/dev/disk1s1

 

Step 4: Replace image.iso with the name of your Windows ISO file. The command will not show any new window or even a progress bar. However, after a few minutes, your USB drive will be converted into Windows 10 bootable USB.

 

Summary:

Both methods are equally effective to make a bootable Windows 10 USB on Mac, but if you're not a technical person, we recommend using software instead of Terminal. Command line inputs can change internal settings and break different parts of your computer, so don't take a chance unless you know what you're doing.

 

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