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Burn an image to a USB stick

Terminal - Burn an image to a USB stick
dd if=yourimage.img of=/dev/sdb1
2009-04-17 23:55:13
User: rissajeanne
Functions: dd
Burn an image to a USB stick

where /dev/sdb1 is the name of your usb device


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I'm wary of this command. Generally speaking, when you WOULD use this, it's given in instructions accompanying the disk image. Using this command on an "image", is not NEARLY specific enough to really be helpful. Examples:

-CD ROM images won't work (meant for CDs)

-Some Images require being written for the device, not the first partition, as they require a special bootloader

-Some images in with the .img extension are compressed, but unlabeled. (FreeNAS, m0noWall and others do this. Bad practice not labeling compressed files, IMO.) As such, this command is no replacement for the instructions, which tell you what filter to use to decompress it.

-Mucking about with partitions on flash media (in my experience) has at times caused horrible inconstancies, OS incompatibility, and other various issues. If you're going to do it, you really need to know what your doing. Or, follow directions.

- Frequently you need to set the partition as bootable (some flash drives don't do this), and so this command still doesn't really accomplish what you were doing, and you still need instructions.

Simply put, it's not this simple, and you should not treat this command as a replacement for reading the manual for how to set up a bootable USB drive.

Comment by clockworkavian 313 weeks and 1 day ago

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