This is probably the easiest way to write RAW/ISO images to a USB Flash Drive for creating live USB or installation drives – at least on Linux.
In Windows, however you may run into a few problems. First off, the ISO format is not supported in the Windows version. You need to be using RAW format. If you are lucky, simply renaming the ISO to .raw format might work.
Download ImageWriter for Windows
You will need to run this as Administrator for things to work properly.
The most common problem I’ve encountered with SUSE’s ImageWriter is that if you have a Windows (FAT32) partition on the target drive, you may encounter a semi-cryptic fatal error like: ‘system.componentModel.Win32Exception:Access is denied’
No problem, just delete all partitions on the drive using the Disk Management Snap-in (compmgmt.msc), right click on the partition and Delete. Try again and you should have Success!
The following images can provide more detailed steps for resolving the issue:
To recap, the workaround steps to use ImageWriter on Windows without errors are:
- Run ImageWriter as administrator
- Delete all partitions from media you will be writing to
- Select .RAW file to be written as well as destination device
- Click copy, wait for writing to disk to complete, and you are done!