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Minty

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How do you create a LiveUSB for Mint?

I know that it's possible to run Linux Mint from a USB drive because I'd looked into it a few years ago when I was thinking of switching but now I can't seem to find any instructions on Mint's site on how to do it. I googled and only really came up with this (»www.ehow.com/how_5760028_install···ive.html) ehow page. I don't really trust that site to have my best interest in mind so I thought I'd ask you guys.

I want to create a Live USB instead of DV/DVD because the computer I wish to use it on doesn't have a working CD drive. I also want to try Mint and see how it is before I jump right in and install it.


graysonf
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There are quite a few tools you can use to do this. Here is just one site that has a lot of info.

»www.pendrivelinux.com/


aa2k

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I use this to create the USB, play with it and then install...
»unetbootin.sourceforge.net/

Just download the LinuxMint.iso image and run the program.


boog
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You 'should' be able to create one using dd (if your on linux already)

(as root or su or sudo)

dd if=/path/to/mint.iso of=/dev/sdx

to find what /dev/sd? your usb stick is:

with the stick unplugged do: ls /dev/sd*

then plug it in and repeat: ls /dev/sd*

then insert the new device in the above dd command in place of /dev/sdx

Hope that helps!

Just be careful to use the correct device with dd! it won't care if you put in your main hdd, and will happily write the mint iso over your os!


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said by boog:

You 'should' be able to create one using dd (if your on linux already)

That was an awesome tutorial, but I'd find it a bit intimidating if I'd never used the command line before.

Seeing as you have some experience with DD and I haven't used it in a couple of years, is there a way to make it more verbose; as in make it report how close to completion it is, either with a percentage or an ASCII graphic like wget?
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Why don't you just try it and watch it?


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said by El Quintron:

said by boog:

You 'should' be able to create one using dd (if your on linux already)

That was an awesome tutorial, but I'd find it a bit intimidating if I'd never used the command line before.

Seeing as you have some experience with DD and I haven't used it in a couple of years, is there a way to make it more verbose; as in make it report how close to completion it is, either with a percentage or an ASCII graphic like wget?

They don't have any verbosity built into dd, I wish they did.


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said by graysonf:

Why don't you just try it and watch it?

I have, hence why I'd like a verbose mode.
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said by boog:

They don't have any verbosity built into dd, I wish they did.

Good to know, it would have been useful.
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pv -pterab  /dev/urandom -s 64000k | dd of=file.img bs=64k count=1000
 
pv:
p = progress bar
t = timer
e = eta
r = rate
a = average rate
b = bytes
s = size
That example is a bit OTT but -s is the important factor for a progress bar as it allows pv to calculate the percentage. I assume there's a version of pv for distros other than Debian.

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said by Pjr:

That example is a bit OTT but -s is the important factor for a progress bar as it allows pv to calculate the percentage. I assume there's a version of pv for distros other than Debian.

I'll try it on Ubuntu tonight with an .iso to a USB key and post back
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