USBWriter lets you write an image file to an USB drive on Windows.

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USBWriter is tiny Windows tool that lets you write an image file directly to an USB drive. It requires no installation and depends on no bloated framework, it's just a little program that you may put on your desktop.

This tool is useful to create a bootable USB disk from a Linux Live CD image file such as Ubuntu, Fedora, Gentoo or ArchLinux.

Please read the wiki in case of issues, every possible error or misbehavior is explained.

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  • powergold1
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    I used this to write the arch linux iso to my usb drive. It's nice and simple and does what it's supposed to do. Important notice: If you're on windows and you want to use your usb drive for something else after having used the iso for whatever you wanted to do with it, you'll find that there's no space on your usb drive and windows won't let you format it as you're used to. Don't panic, your usb drive still works. This only happens because this software creates a new partition on your usb drive where it writes the image, which Windows doesn't expect. To undo that you do the following: Open a cmd.exe and type: diskpart in diskpart type: list disk to show your drives. Then type: select x where x is the number of your usb drive (it's usually the last one in the list). After that: clean which deletes everything that's on your usb drive, including the iso and its partition. Next step: create partition primary now you have a partition on your usb and you only need to format it. Type: format fs=fat32 quick And lastly you assign a letter to the usb drive by typing: assign After that you can close diskpart and the cmd and your usb drive should be back to normal.

    Posted 10/16/2015
  • cadefy
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    DANGEROUS! My 32GB USB is now 8MB.

    Posted 09/28/2015
  • sirba
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    Used it and lost my hdd partition table. Examing my partition table found out, that usbwriter wrote the image to the first sectors of my hdd. Looked at source and found out the check for removable device is done upon choosing drive in dialog and not before writing. The check for removable media should be added to MainDlgWrite.c in ThreadRoutine() before opening device. (My scenario: Choosed drive in dialog, removed device, entered again and pressed write....)

    Posted 02/03/2015
  • col936
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    Great app, but it ruined my USB drive. The drive won't register on the PC and the volume size has gone from 16 GB to 31 MB.

    Posted 01/21/2015
  • pazuzu156
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    Very simple, small little application with no extra stuff forcing you to download other crap. Even fixing the USB as FAT32 after using as bootable device is easy with another application. 10/5 Awesome application!

    Posted 10/08/2014
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End Users/Desktop

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Win32 (MS Windows)

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