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Jamvaru January 28, 2014 User blog:Jamvaru

starting a dd page, here in my subfolder

primary purpose:  to format a flash drive with a linux live cd or dvd iso image, so it is bootable

so far i remembered reading about a method on the crunchbang forum, so i am going to check that out... ... ...

and the link is:

the relevant information is

WARNING, the following instructions will destroy any existing data on your USB stick.

Determine what device your USB is.  With your USB plugged in run:

sudo ls -l /dev/disk/by-id/*usb*

This should produce output along the lines of:

lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root  9 2010-03-15 22:54 /dev/disk/by-id/usb-_USB_DISK_2.0_077508380189-0:0 -> ../../sdb
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 10 2010-03-15 22:54 /dev/disk/by-id/usb-_USB_DISK_2.0_077508380189-0:0-part1 -> ../../sdb1

In this example output, the USB device is sdb

Now cd to where your *.iso is

cd ~/downloads


sudo dd if=filename.iso of=/dev/usbdevice bs=4M; sync

lets say the iso is named mini.iso and your USB device is sdb


sudo dd if=mini.iso of=/dev/sdb bs=4M; sync

NOTE - Be sure to understand that there is never a trailing number on the end of your /dev/sdx USB device

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