How to flash a bin file to USB

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Q. How do you flash a bin file for a firmware update or the like to a USB?

A. You don’t need to ‘flash it’ although some explainers will tell you to do this. Older hardware will use different filesystems such as FAT32 or EXT3 (or another version) as they may be based on a Linux-type operating system rather than Windows.

Simply format your USB stick to FAT32 and then copy the .BIN file onto the stick – that may work.

Don’t forget you might need to format your stick back to NTFS or newer afterwards if you want to use it for other things as FAT32 has a limit on filename length and filesizes.

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Dave has been programming computers for over 30 years. It's more of an obsession than a hobby! As well as having his own moderately successful Crystals retail business, Dave used to work as a Web Developer for a company called Radikls, a web design company in the South of the UK. Dave is also a member of the presitgious Havik eSports Team.

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