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Old 03-29-2014, 03:12 PM   #1
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easiest way for generating a live usb under debian?


I'm running debian wheezy (stable) & tried generating a live usb (usb which boots with a working linux desktop) using unetbootin. I tried linux mint live.

After the installation process the usb fails to boot because of a file system error, which seems to be a unetbootin bug.

Whats the easiest alternative for generating a live usb under debian? by easiest I mean using some software which automates most of the process.

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There are basically three ways to make a usb.

One is to use a tool like unetbootin or live usb creator to take a live image and place it on a usb.
In this is a way to take a hybrid iso image and use a tool like dd to copy directly from file to device. Example dd if=debian.iso of=/dev/sdx (be sure you know what sdx is!!!)

The second way is to use the above tools but add in persistence. A cheat of a way to make it seem like you can add in apps.

Lastly is to use a debian install iso to load to the usb just as if it were a hard drive. I tend to use this method or the dd hybrid image myself.

So, as to your problem, no solution may still work. You may have some other issue going on. Do you want to try to diag you problem or just try a different solution?
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if unetbootin isn't working for you, give universal-usb-installer a try from
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easiest way for generating a live usb under debian?

I use dd it's really not that complicated and will work
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tnx the replies.

as I understand, the UUI runs under Windows. I"ve mentioned I want to generate the live usb under debian.

I'd like the live usb to have the following layout:
partition 1: 2GB or so FAT32
partition 2: live linux usb
partition 3: 2GB or so EXT4

I need the FAT32 partition as a storage for Windows files.

is this setup achievable with the dd method? and if so how?



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