How to burn a raw image into a USB ?

Microsoft Windows users:

  • Download and install ImageWriter
  • Plug the USB drive in one of computer’s USB ports
  • Open ImageWriter and select the USB disk from the list at the bottom

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  • Click on the “Select” button and select the file you have downloaded then press “Copy”
  • If you can’t see the file, enter “*.*” in the “File name” field and press “Open” to see all files, then select the file and press “Open” again

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Linux users (terminal) – USB:

  • Plug the USB drive in one of computer’s USB ports
  • To identify USB disk’s device name type:
ls -l /dev/disk/by-id/*usb*

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  • From the example image above, sdb is the USB disk, located under /dev/sdb
  • To unmount the device (must be root), type:
umount /dev/sdb
  • to write the USB disk (must be root), type:
dd if=/path/to/file/downloaded of=/dev/sdb

WARNING: Make sure you replace “sdb” of the example above with the appropriate drive. dd will erase all data of the device selected!

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