This is a small Windows NT/2000/XP command line tool that makes it possible to write disk images onto raw disks, like CF cards. While there is some protection against accidentally overwriting your hard disk, I CAN'T TAKE ANY RESPONSIBILITY FOR LOST DATA – YOU USE THIS PROGRAM ON YOUR OWN RISK.
If you prefer GUIs over command line applications, PhysGUI (written by Urs Zweifel) makes choosing the correct disk to write to easier (it can also identify disks more reliably than physdiskwrite).
Special considerations for Windows Vista/7
physdiskwrite works with Vista, but you must make sure to run it as administrator (simply having admin rights isn't enough), or it won't find any disks. One way to do this is to create a shortcut to cmd.exe, then right-click it and select "run as administrator". Then you can launch physdiskwrite from the command prompt window that appears, and it should work fine.
If you get write errors shortly after physdiskwrite has begun writing to the target disk (usually after 65536 bytes), this may be caused by existing partitions on the disk. Use the Disk Management utility (right-click on the "Computer" icon on the desktop and select Manage, then navigate to Computer Management (Local)/Storage) to delete all partitions on the target disk before starting physdiskwrite.
If you are unable to delete all the partitions with the Disk Management utility, try the following procedure:
physdiskwrite 0.5.2 (38 KB)
physdiskwrite [-u] [-d driveno] <image-file>
...or just simply drag-and-drop the image file onto the physdiskwrite.exe icon.
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