Flash to network drive

#1

Hi!

Is it possible to flash a bootable image to a network drive using balenaEtcher?

Cheers!

#3

Hi @gel10338, interesting question! I think you can only flash physical drives with Etcher.

Can you explain a bit more about your use case, when would you normally “flash” a network drive?
Also what platform are you on (Windows, OSX, Linux)? What sort of network drive you have? Windows/Samba? NFS? Something else?

#6

Hi!

Thanks for your reply!

Actually, I’m just interested in it. But let’s pretend all USB ports of my computer are broken but my router (which supports USB storage media) has a working USB port.

Platform: Windows 10
Network drive: USB flash drive (SMB)

Cheers!

#7

Hi,
your router would typically expose the usb-drive as samba share. That said you can only gain file access to a samba share but not write the sectors of the physical drive the share resides on directly, which is necessary to flash an image. So I guess the answer is no.
Regards
Thomas