As the doctor gone rogue

April 24, 2016

Write a Ubuntu Linux USB boot disk

Filed under: miscellaneous, OsX, SysAdmin, ubuntu — hypotheses @ 8:47 pm

Getting the Linux Image

You’ll get an iso file from your preferred repository. Following the link to the Ubuntu mirror at KMUTT in Thailand.
Ubuntu 14.04.4 LTS (Trusty Tahr)
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Xenial Xerus

Convert iso to img

hdiutil convert -format UDRW -o ubuntu-16.04-server-amd64.img ubuntu-16.04-server-amd64.iso

See man hdiutil for detail about the command

Create a bootable USB drive

  • plug the USB drive into your computer and find out which mount point it is mounted to.
diskutil list

This will show the list of all drives mounted to your system right now. The description of which drive is a UBS drive should be quite clear.
– Unmount the disk before we proceed to write a bootable image on it.

# unmount it
diskutil unmount /dev/disk2
  • copy the disk image to your usb drive.
sudo dd if=ubuntu-16.04-server-amd64.img.dmg of=/dev/rdisk2 bs=1m

With /dev/rdisk2 instead of /dev/disk2, you are writing the raw data to the USB drive which will be several folds faster than writing through the buffered /dev/disk2 [ref]

Eject the USB drive

  • After writing the image, a diaglog box will alert you that the disk is not readable. Simple eject the disk.
  • Alternatively, at the command diskutil eject /dev/disk2
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