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The 2 Easiest Ways to Transfer a Disk Image (.iso) to a USB Drive
« on: September 12, 2016, 05:07:18 pm »
I finally finished my last guide.  (I don't like editing pictures).

The absolutely, dead simplest, way to transfer an image to a USB drive in an Ubuntu derivative (like Peppermint OS) is to use the "Disks" utility.

In Peppermint OS 7 it can be found under "Accessories."  Open it.





Select your drive on the left:





Press the "hamburger" button at the top right:





Select "Restore Disk Image" from the new menu window:





Use the drop down in the new window to navigate to your image:





Press the "Start Restoring" button at the bottom of the "Restore Disk Image" window.

You'll get a warning window:



Heed it!  Take a moment to make sure you selected the correct drive.  Move the warning window to the side if you need to.  As the warning window states, all data on this drive will be lost.

If you are content with your selections, press the "Restore" button at the bottom of the warning window.

And away you go.  When it is finished, your image is tranfered.

Credit goes to Peter Legierski, who posted this idea on this website.


The second easiest way involves installing software.  Namely UNetbootin.

Fortunately, you can find it in the repositories.  In a terminal type:
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sudo apt install unetbootin

After it is installed, you can find it under "System Tools" in Peppermint OS 7.  When launched, select the bottom radio button "Diskimage."  Then use the " ... " button on the right of the "Diskimage" line to navigate to your image.
Use the "Drive" drop down menu at the middle bottom to select your USB drive (as long as you don't change the "Type" drop down, it should only show USB drives attached).
Be Wary!  This doesn't alway show a warning!
When you are ready, click the "OK" button on the bottom right.

When it finishes, you can ignore the reboot option (unless you happen to be tranfering the image on the same machine you want to run/install it on), and carry on.

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Re: The 2 Easiest Ways to Transfer a Disk Image (.iso) to a USB Drive
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2016, 06:37:32 pm »
Or you could just use the USB Image Writer which is specifically designed for the task, and is installed by default in Peppermint 6 and 7.

You can find it in the main menu at:-

menu > System Tools > USB Image Writer


Point it at the image .. point it at the USB stick .. Click the "Write" button .. Done.
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Re: The 2 Easiest Ways to Transfer a Disk Image (.iso) to a USB Drive
« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2016, 12:35:42 pm »
another simple way is to use the dd tool
example
dd if=input.iso of=/dev/usbstick bs=1024
it is slow but it works

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Re: The 2 Easiest Ways to Transfer a Disk Image (.iso) to a USB Drive
« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2016, 04:39:51 pm »
Yeah right up until the drive drops out mid copy, and dd goes all flaky on you overwriting your hard drive instead of the USB stick :o

Don't get me wrong dd is an absolutely brilliant and uber useful tool that I use a lot, but I always feel the need to cross my fingers, hold my breath, clench my buttocks, and silently pray when using it .. it has a habit of scaring my underwear straight into the washing machine.
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Re: The 2 Easiest Ways to Transfer a Disk Image (.iso) to a USB Drive
« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2016, 08:11:49 pm »
True the dd tool is not for the kindhearted.  I guess from what you state that people have some type of psychiatric drama with the linux console instead of a polished GUI app.  I love polished GUI apps.   It is walking on eggshells when pointing out where the usb device handle(???) is.  That is why you check your mount table before operating.

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Re: The 2 Easiest Ways to Transfer a Disk Image (.iso) to a USB Drive
« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2016, 12:13:48 pm »
No "psychiatric drama" with the CLI here .. just with dd which always gives me underpants worries mid use.

I was happily using dd once to copy an image to a USB stick .. the drive dropped out during the copy, I'm assuming the device nodes changed and dd threw a wobbly but decided to continue its progress on a completely different drive.
 
in reality I suppose the same could have happened with any utility, GUI or CLI .. but it's human nature to be more wary of the dog that's already bitten you ;)

Whether using UUID (disk-by-id) instead of device node would have helped I don't know .. but whatever happened, the device node used in the dd command wasn't now occupied, dd had just decided to continue the write to a different device node (probably whilst chuckling at me) .. there's a reason it's nicknamed "Data Destroyer" >:D
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Re: The 2 Easiest Ways to Transfer a Disk Image (.iso) to a USB Drive
« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2016, 01:41:34 pm »
Try using dd to flash an ISO to a thumb drive with no LED indicator.  Something like the SanDisk Cruzer Switch USB Flash Drives.  It's kind of like a Schrodinger's cat moment.  Is it dead or is it alive  ;D?
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