Can't find file in Etcher on Chromebook

I’m trying to use Etcher on my wife’s Chromebook to make a USB boot for Windows 11 because my desktop is having boot issues.

I downloaded the Windows 11 file, and got Balena Etcher installed.

When I try to find the file, the file system within Etcher is not the same as the file system in Chrome. ‘Recent’, ‘Home’, and ‘Desktop’ all show no files or folders, and ‘Other Locations’ opens Computer subfolders like bin, boot, dev, var, user, temp, and many others.

I don’t know how to find a file in the Downloads folder in that system. I don’t really use Chromebooks.

Hi @longcon,

Chromebooks are highly oriented toward security. On a Chromebook, the Linux instances are isolated from the rest of the system so as to prevent users from shooting themselves in the foot.

You need to share the Downloads folder with the Linux VM. Open the Files app, then right click on Downloads, and Share With Linux. The shared downloads folder will be under /mnt/chromeos/MyFiles/Downloads

You will also need to go to settings and grant access to the USB device for Linux once you plug in the USB device to flash it.

Unfortunately, this is just how ChromeOS works and there’s nothing we can do to make it easier to run Etcher on Chromebook, even with the above steps it may still not work because of ChromeOS’s security.

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