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#1 g0tcha

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Posted 19 March 2011 - 09:21 AM


i have a bootable debian 4g usb drive, i would like to make an image of this drive and allow it to be uploaded to another flash drive of the same size or bigger and have it bootable once written.

what i have managed to do is boot from the bootable debian 4gb usb and have used DD to copy the drive to a 2nd usb.

The reason for wanting to make an image is so i can give it to a friend who is not close to me and have him write it to his usb drive, which he can then just boot from.

using clone disk i have made a RAW image and also backed up the orig bootable usb drive MBR and boot sectors.

any help appreciated

#2 Wonko the Sane

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Posted 19 March 2011 - 10:34 AM

Sorry, but I don't get it.
You do a dd image of the whole "source" device.
You store this image *somewhere*.
You dd the image from where you stored it to the new "target" device (as long as this one is SAME size or bigger there are NO problems).

Only seemingly unrelated info (dsfo/dsfi are comparable to dd utilities):


#3 ajv

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Posted 19 May 2011 - 04:47 PM

Just copy your stick to another one, and make it boot-able. I am using this to put Knoppix on my stick.

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Posted 19 May 2011 - 05:17 PM

If you have a Windows PC you can use RMPrepUSB USB->File and then compress the image with 7zip. Then send to your friend and uncompress and use RMPrepUSB File->USB.

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Posted 01 December 2011 - 05:53 PM

Just check some dd tutorials on the net, it is very to use command. Linux and basic knowledge needed.


This is a good one. You can do it with live usB. Just be sure to select the right usb.

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