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I'm trying to burn a .iso image of Ubuntu into a pendrive using command line in Ubuntu but I'm having serious problems.

I'm looking for a tool, which I can invoke from a shell script, something like USB-creator-gtk (which is a GUI and works perfectly but I can't use it from a console cause it has to be automatic without user interaction).

If anyone can point me in the right direction I'll really appreciate it!

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If the ISO is of a bootable image just use dd.

The command is quite powerful and simple. Say you have a ISO of Ubuntu called ubuntu.iso, and the USB drive is /dev/sda.

The command would be dd if=ubuntu.iso of=/dev/sda

This will block copy the ISO image onto the drive. By default I believe the block side is 512k, which you can modify by adding bs='blockside'

For more info look at man dd

I hope this helps.

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Yes. DD works for copy the structure but it doesn't make the pendrive bootable!! any ideas for that? in fact i've tested DD but without success making the Pendrive bootable –  RDAM Apr 1 '11 at 20:06

Well thanks for the replies! at the end we solved the problem doing this: *Convert the .iso file into .img file usign "usb-creator-gtk" *Then with a .img of course DD works perfect!

Thanks again, Hope this helps others too.

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Unbuntu already has a tool for do that, its name is "start up disk creator" or in spanish "creador de discos de arranque", it's very easy to use, try it ;)

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When I select the iso in start up disk creator it doesnt display in the list, and the button is disabled to make... :( –  Brock Hensley Jun 10 '13 at 1:13

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