a) in Windows throwing a virus wobbly
b) failed to create a bootable usb.
I can’t comment on whether Balena destroys USB sticks and I guess there could be any number of reasons why it could possibly do that - a memory stick written to over a long period of time - it is on it’s last legs anyway. Poorly (cheap) constructed USB memory sticks.
I will still stick with my outdated MultiSystem on USB (but you need Linux present before you can use it. I don’t reommend Balena Etcher in the Unofficial Manual that I wrote - I think I suggested Rufus as that got a lot of positives from the old forum. My first foray into USB creation was Unetbootin - what turned me away from it was an attempt to create a bootable USB with Zorin on it - after 30 minutes of whirring it stated that it was not supported. That’s when I discovered MultiSystem - you drag an iso over the creation window and if it ain’t going to work it tells you instantly (or it did) but I still use it.
Balena worked fine for me although I prefer using unetbootin since it was faster for me. This has been noted before: https://zoringroup.com/forum/5/15076/ but again, as Swarf noted, there exist other reasons for USB failure.
I prefer unetbootin. I have also used Multiboot and I like that one, too.
Have found mkusb to be a powerful utility, as well.
BalenaEtcher never suited me early on and it has been long enough that I cannot remember why I didn’t like it at the time.
I have never used Rufus that I recall offhand, but I have heard good reviews of it.
But does BalenaEtcher destroy USB sticks? That is a very good question and I think sorting the Evidence against Opinion may be more useful:
I have had some close-calls in which I thought a USB stick was killed. But after calming down and patiently doing some troubleshooting, was able to recover things. In one instance, this was due to the USB being corrupted by I/O error being unplugged while writing, with no etcher software involved at all.
Rul, maybe we can continue troubleshooting to help you to double-check the viability of your USB stick.
This is the first time I have heard anything negative about Balena Etcher,
I started using it to flash micro-sd cards for my multiple Pine phones.
Since running test operating systems from the sd cards is so quick & simple.
I have since been using B’etcher for my usb sticks as well.
So far I have not had any failures of sd cards or usb drives.
BUT I do only use Linux Distro’s … Maybe it has something to do with
Micro$oft operating systems ?
Some have been re-written dozens of times or more.
I gave up on persistence because of the contiuous write issue, but there was a member on the old forum who posted a unique method of creating a bootable drive which seemed very clever to me - and I can’t find it now! I think it meant including a FAT32 partition for Persistence, thereby extending the life of the drive. That said, you could always save data to a cloud service then download any data when back at your machine. AMD is no innocent I agree - you only have to remember the other item at the time of meltdown, both suffered from spectre; and possibly here’s why. During a PAT session being carried out where I work I got chatting to the tester of the Electrical equipment and he knew my cousin - small world! But to the point. He told me he visited an AMD factory in Manchester and all this particular guy at the plant was doing was splicing Intel processors apart - he asked if there was any chance he could have an unsliced one - not a chance!
i do remember reading at one point AMD based servers were outselling Intel ones - enter Intel’s response “let’s chuck out all the security on the processors to get us back up to speed again!”