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Old 06-17-2020, 02:00 PM   #1
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How very polite

I'm a die hard Linux user, and have been for many many years. The closest I get to Windows is in VMs, and usually only boot those to update them.

Now, I have some (non-PC) stuff that needs firmware upgrades that simply cannot be done from a VM, so I figured, why not just bung Win 10 on a USB HDD to get going.

I do hold a valid license for Win 10, so that's not an issue.

The ISO I have is 4.7Gb, and whether I try k3b or xfburn, they both see blank DVDs as 4.4Gb, and I don't know how to change this (I understand the reasons).

But not a problem, stick it on a 16Gb USB flash drive, which has plenty of room. I figured balenaEtcher would be ideal.

So off I went. Etcher immediately saw what I wanted to do, and popped up a message suggesting that I use WoeUSB instead.

So now I am, and off it goes.

But how jolly polite of Etcher.
Old 06-17-2020, 02:03 PM   #2
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It is! I had the same issue. I think I used Woe USB as well and it creates a valid Windows 10 boot thumbdrive, using grub I believe, which I found amusing. Figures that Microsoft needs some convoluted process to create a bootable thumbdrive from the ISOs THEY provide for free. Of course everything Microsoft does is convoluted so I am not surprised...
Old 06-18-2020, 02:26 AM   #3
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> The ISO I have is 4.7Gb, and whether I try k3b or xfburn, they both see
> blank DVDs as 4.4Gb

This might be simply the difference between merchants' GB (1000*1000*1000)
and programmers' GiB (1024*1024*1024).
A usual DVD has 2295104 blocks of 2048 bytes = 4,700,372,992 bytes.
In programmers' GiB this is 4.3775634765625, rounded 4.4 GiB.

So if the ISO has less than 4,700,372,992 bytes it would fit on a DVD-R,
The only single layer DVD type that is smaller would be DVD-RAM, where the
size depends on formatting parameters.

Have a nice day



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