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How to write a disk image using Win32 Disk Imager

(First posted on: 2013-06-21 03:11:07+00:00)

You are sometimes given a disk image that needs to be written to a USB thumbdrive or a SD card. This is typically used to create something that you can use to boot a device. The image file typically has the .img file extension, though its not necessary and does not matter.

  1. One way to write a disk image on Windows is using Win32 Disk Imager. Download it and unzip the contents.
  2. Plug in the USB thumbdrive or SD or microSD card to your computer. It should be detected and appear as a drive in Windows.
  3. Open Win32 Disk Imager, choose the .img or image file you want to write as Image File and choose the USB or SD drive as Device and press Write.
  4. The write may take a while. Once it is done, remove the USB thumbdrive or SD card and insert it into the device you want to use with.

Also see: How to write a disk image on Linux

Tried with: Win32 Disk Imager 0.8 and Windows 8 x64