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Write Multiple USB Flash Drives with GNOME-multi-writer

USB drives are one of the best ways to travel with your favorite movies and personal files without carrying the large laptop or other components. Of course, there are pocket PCs available in the market but not all of us use those on a regular basis.

Are you in need of writing multiple USB devices at once? Meet GNOME-multi-writer – an effective tool that can successfully write multiple USB flash drives at once. There’s no limit how much drives it can handle. The only limitation is the file size – 1GB to 32GB, nothing bigger.

Quick note – make sure that your USB drives are big enough to house the data properly.

Installing GNOME-multi-writer

For installing GNOME-multi-writer, you have to get the package from either Pkgs or from your distro repository. Run the following commands according to your Linux distro –

  • Ubuntu
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sudo apt install gnome-multi-writer
  • Debian
sudo apt-get install gnome-multi-writer
  • Fedora

Download the appropriate RPM package. Then, run the following command –

sudo dnf install gnome-multi-writer-3.28.*.rpm
  • OpenSUSE

Download the proper RPM package and run the following command –

sudo zypper install gnome-multi-writer-3.26.0-lp150.2.6.x86_64.rpm.html
  • Arch Linux

Get GNOME Multi Writer for Arch Linux.

  • Other Linux distros

Check out Pkgs.org to find out the appropriate package for your Linux distro.

Using GNOME-multi-writer

This tool is only able to write down ISO files. That means, this tool is also great to burn the ISO of a system, for example, the installation image of Linux distros.

If you have an IMG – raw image file, you need to convert it to ISO first. Use “ccd2iso” to convert it. The command line would be –

ccd2iso /path/to/filename.img /destination/path/filename.iso

If you want, you can even make an ISO of your important folder! Run the following command –

mkisofs -o <iso_filename>.iso /home/<username>/folder

After you’re ready with your ISO file, it’s time to burn the image. Fire up the tool –

sudo gnome-multi-writer

Here’s the main window of the tool.

For choosing your ISO, go to menu >> Import ISO file.

After selecting, you’ll notice the ISO name at the top bar.

Now, just connect all your flash drives with your PC.

Once all are connected, just click “Start Copying”. Note that all the present data in your USB drives will be lost, so make sure that there are no important files there.

Voila! All your USB drives have the same data.

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