Creating a bootable live USB Drive in Linux

First, you need to download the LiveCD iso image of your choice. After inserting your USB stick, you can find out what device it is

~> su
# grep -Ff <(hwinfo --disk --short) <(hwinfo --usb --short)

Finally, once you’ve found your block device, write the image to it. Point ‘dd’ to the full path such as ‘/home/user/Downloads/openSUSE-12.1-KDE-LiveCD-x86_64.iso’ or change directory (example: cd ./Downloads) to where the image is contained.

# umount /dev/sdX
# dd if=/path/to/downloaded.iso of=/dev/sdX


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