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Using usb-imagewriter (Ubuntu Only)

Posted by Taufiq Rohman Tuesday, September 13, 2011
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Graphical Interface

  1. Download the desired .img file
  2. Install the usb-imagewriter package
    • If your release does not include this, download it from Oliver's PPA

  3. Open Applications -> Accessories -> Image Writer

  4. Insert your flash media
  5. Select the downloaded file and flash device, and click "Write to Device"
  6. Remove your device when the operation is complete

Command Line alternative

  1. Download the desired .img file
  2. Open a terminal and insert your flash media
  3. Look at the output of dmesg | tail -20 to determine the device node assigned to your flash media (e.g. /dev/sdb)

  4. Run sudo umount /dev/device/node

sudo umount /dev/device/node

5. Run
sudo dd if=/path/to/downloaded.img of=/dev/device/node bs=1M

Remove your flash media when the command completes

Update: Ubuntu now includes "Startup disk creator". You can access it via System > Administration > Startup Disk Creator and it's a very easy to use tool. Simply enter your memory stick into the USB drive, then open Startup Disk Creator and select "Format" (the USB stick needs to be formatted first), then select the ISO image you want to write on the USB memory stick and click "Make startup disk". That's it.

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