Ever wondered if you could create a live usb without using any third party software ? Read on…
- USB Stick
- ISO image of your favorite linux distro
We’ll be using the
dd command to write the iso file to the usb stick. The general syntax is shown below:
And now, the example. Suppose you want to create a live usb out of your ubuntu-12.04 iso, assuming that your usb stick is mounted at
/dev/sdb, the command to issue is:
Extremely simple, isn’t it ?
- Take extreme caution while specifying the output device! You do not want to be messing up your HDD.
- As with many linux commands, you will not see any output when you issue the command. You will be notified when the process is complete.
- Your USB stick will be formatted, ensure that you have a backup of your data!