Copy disk images to memory cards or keys for use with systems such as the Raspberry Pi
Many systems, including the Raspberry Pi, can boot from flash media, whether that is an SD card or a USB memory key. Win32 Disk Imager is a simple utility for copying these images to flash devices.
There is no installation beyond extracting the files in the compressed folder downloaded. Double-click on the Win32DiskImager.exe file to start the program.
The interface is very simple. Select the drive letter of your device in the dropdown menu on the right. We were pleased to see that this only offers flash devices. Hopefully this will reduce the risk of accidentally writing the image to the wrong kind of device.
The image file itself is selected by clicking on the blue folder icon. Find the image file and click on Save. The only remaining step is to click on the Write button.
As well as a progress bar, it also shows the transfer rate to the device.
It can be used to copy Ubuntu images, as described here on the Ubuntu Wiki, but we found it to use with the Raspberry Pi.
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A simple but useful utility
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