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asked 2012-04-08 11:49:56 -0600

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I want to make a live usb but I don't know where to download the program. DX

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answered 2012-04-08 16:52:47 -0600

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updated 2012-04-10 07:42:37 -0600

I will assume you would like to install a linux live distro (fedora 16 maybe?) on a usb stick device.

There are several ways o do so but these are my favorites.

Graphical:

Download and install the unetbootin package. A fast way is to run the following from a command line:

sudo yum install unetbootin -y

Then launch the software and select the distro iso image file and burn it in to the usb device.

Command line:

Note: the following method is more advanced and might be dangerous if you select the wrong target device (/dev/sdX)

My favorite way to quickly setup a live usb fedora 16 distribution is via the dd command:

sudo dd if=/path/to/Fedora-16-x86_64-Live-Desktop.iso of=/dev/sdX bs=1024

it may take a while to complete depending on your usb speed and the iso file size. Before running this command you have to identify your target usb device (/dev/sdX). An easy way to find out the correct device name is to run the dmesg command right after you plugged in the usb stick. As an example attaching my 8GB usb I can see the following output from dmesg command:

dmesg
[...]
[ 1466.725416] usb 3-1: new high-speed USB device number 2 using xhci_hcd
[ 1467.114250] usb 3-1: New USB device found, idVendor=090c, idProduct=1000
[ 1467.114254] usb 3-1: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=3
[ 1467.114256] usb 3-1: Product: Mass Storage Device
[ 1467.114258] usb 3-1: Manufacturer: JetFlash
[ 1467.114260] usb 3-1: SerialNumber: SUB4X4MASPSGAP2N
[ 1467.114946] usb 3-1: ep 0x81 - rounding interval to 128 microframes, ep desc says 255 microframes
[ 1467.114951] usb 3-1: ep 0x2 - rounding interval to 128 microframes, ep desc says 255 microframes
[ 1467.598924] Initializing USB Mass Storage driver...
[ 1467.599050] scsi6 : usb-storage 3-1:1.0
[ 1467.599126] usbcore: registered new interface driver usb-storage
[ 1467.599128] USB Mass Storage support registered.
[ 1468.599967] scsi 6:0:0:0: Direct-Access     JetFlash Transcend 8GB    1100 PQ: 0 ANSI: 0 CCS
[ 1468.600668] sd 6:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg2 type 0
[ 1468.601239] sd 6:0:0:0: [sdb] 15851520 512-byte logical blocks: (8.11 GB/7.55 GiB)
[ 1468.601837] sd 6:0:0:0: [sdb] Write Protect is off
[ 1468.601843] sd 6:0:0:0: [sdb] Mode Sense: 43 00 00 00
[ 1468.602966] sd 6:0:0:0: [sdb] No Caching mode page present
[ 1468.602971] sd 6:0:0:0: [sdb] Assuming drive cache: write through
[ 1468.605427] sd 6:0:0:0: [sdb] No Caching mode page present
[ 1468.605430] sd 6:0:0:0: [sdb] Assuming drive cache: write through
[ 1468.606353]  sdb: sdb1
[ 1468.608182] sd 6:0:0:0: [sdb] No Caching mode page present
[ 1468.608186] sd 6:0:0:0: [sdb] Assuming drive cache: write through
[ 1468.608189] sd 6:0:0:0: [sdb] Attached SCSI removable disk

The target device is sdb (then I should use /dev/sdb)

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answered 2012-04-10 08:47:05 -0600

skytux gravatar image

For me the easiest way is to use liveusb-creator:

# yum install liveusb-creator

(has option for persistent storage).

Also see here for more info:

https://fedorahosted.org/liveusb-creator/

HTH,

Germán.

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