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#1 2018-05-18 12:31:56

Coxside
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USB stick Install Problem

I'm trying to install Arch from a USB stick, but am having difficulties transferring the ISO to the stick

I'm attempting to use the dd command as follows...

sudo dd=4MB if=#/Downloads/archlinux-2018.05.01-86_64.iso of=/dev/sda

                                                                                        ...but there doesn't appear to be any response!

Any ideas/suggestions please?

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#2 2018-05-18 12:45:16

V1del
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Re: USB stick Install Problem

dd doesn't give a progress report by default. Also are you absolutely certain that /dev/sda is the correct device? What is that # in front of the downloads path? Use the command from the wiki for progress information.

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#3 2018-05-19 13:57:11

Coxside
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Re: USB stick Install Problem

Partial success...

The following folders/directories have have been installed on the USB stick:  arch; EFI; isolinux; loader

                     ...however, upon changing the boot order in the BIOS, the computer will not boot from the stick!

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#4 2018-05-19 15:02:10

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Re: USB stick Install Problem

Please tell us, with specificity, how you created the drive.  The exact command given and the output.


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#5 2018-05-19 16:01:54

Coxside
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Re: USB stick Install Problem

Command used:  sudo dd bs=4M if=~/Downloads/archlinux-2018.05.01-x86_64.iso of=/dev/sdb1

The reason for the earlier failure was I was using sudo dd bs=4M if=/Downloads/archlinux.2018.05-x86_64.iso of=/dev/sdb1 (doh!)

There was no output as I remember - I had to look at the drive contents to see what had been placed there

Last edited by Coxside (2018-05-19 16:03:54)

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#6 2018-05-19 16:08:41

loqs
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Re: USB stick Install Problem

sudo dd bs=4M if=~/Downloads/archlinux-2018.05.01-x86_64.iso of=/dev/sdb1

USB_flash_installation_media#In_GNU.2FLinux

Run the following command, replacing /dev/sdx with your drive, e.g. /dev/sdb. (Do not append a partition number, so do not use something like /dev/sdb1)

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#7 2018-05-20 03:24:35

ewaller
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Re: USB stick Install Problem

loqs picked up on what I was looking for.   If you want to make a bootable USB, you want to copy your iso to the disk, not to a partition on the disk.  You copied everything to partition 1 of sdb.  You want to copy the iso to sdb, not to sdb1.


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#8 2018-05-20 08:04:13

dockland
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Re: USB stick Install Problem

I use && sync aswell, don't know if it's necessary, like

dd bs=4M if=/path/to/whatever.iso of=/dev/sdx status=progress && sync

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