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The last time I booted from USB was back in 2006. Ever since, I keep failing at making live usb bootables.

I tried getting Fedora 18, Ubuntu, and ton of other distros to boot from USB and never ever succedded. I tried making bootable usb from Fedora 17, 18, Mac OSX etc. I tried different USB keys.

Every single fu** time I get either kernel panic, or bunch of meaningless stupid errors when trying to boot. I am sick of buying cd/dvd's to be able to boot stuff, I want to be able to use my damn usb.

This is so frustrating. WTF am I doing wrong? I am going to explode right now. Spent hours with this problem.

sudo dd if=Downloads/myiso.iso of=/dev/myusb bs=1M && sync

EDIT: The reason for my failed attempts seemed to be corrupt hardware. I bought new memory stick, issue is gone.

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If you want a linux distro, drop by pendrive linux and make your life a whole lot easier, as for other os's, as long as the hardware doesn't change, install the OS to a hard drive, or the flash drive if you want (depends on OS) if windows, hard drive, dd if=/dev/sda of=/dev/sdb (or whatever the drive is listed as) bs=1M –  user88311 Jan 28 '13 at 4:06
    
I don't want to install, I just want live usb of fedora. –  Jan Netherdrake Jan 28 '13 at 4:44
    
look, my problem is that DD fails to make anything useful every single time. And yet, any tutorial on how to make bootable usb live medium is using dd. –  Jan Netherdrake Jan 28 '13 at 4:50
    
If that's the case, just google pendrivelinux, they have the best tools for making bootable USB. –  user88311 Jan 28 '13 at 12:46
    
I went to pendriveLINUX and they offer me some windows program? Am I retarded or what is this? –  Jan Netherdrake Jan 28 '13 at 20:18

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I am using dd a lot of times to just get some live system up and running from usb. Not sure but never used it to the user mount. Since dd is writing to a block device you should write to that directly instead of the mount point. I allways use: dd if=Downloads/tmp/yourDistro.iso bs=4M oflag=sync |dd of=/dev/sdb

change yourDistro path and check if your usb is located at sdb before doing anything! Note that if sdb is not your USB you overwrite that drive completely!

Why do i pipe both (if and of)? It allowes the system to cache the streams and therefore it gets a bit faster

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