I have a working MacBook Pro as well as an old Dell laptop with no OS installed whatsoever. I'm giving the old laptop to a friend and I bought a Windows 10 license to install for them. The problem is burning the image properly!
There seems to be an issue in recent versions of Windows 10 where one of the files in the installer is too large for FAT32 so (unless I want to do some off-label dark magic during install, which I'd prefer to avoid) I need to burn directly to NTFS. I installed the trial of Paragon's NTFS for Mac, which lets me format the drive, but I haven't been able to find any Mac applications that will let me burn an image in NTFS.
- Unetbootin explicitly requires FAT32
- Boot Camp Assistant - in recent versions - apparently no longer supports external drives at all (it explicitly won't even proceed unless I physically disconnect all drives)
- balenaEtcher provides a warning that it may not work properly for windows images and then fails during the burning process with no explanation
Does anyone have experience with burning NTFS on mac or know of a tool that could help here?