Sunday, November 29, 2009

Boot Debian from an USB device

I have been struggling for the past days to prepare a USB Key for booting up debian. I was reading:

Well the important part is :

# zcat boot.img.gz > /dev/sdX

This is completely different from:

# zcat boot.img.gz > /dev/sdX1

One is writing to the disk (create the partition at the time), while the other one is simply copying to the 1st partition.

BTW, there is also a good link that never showed up on my google search:

1 comment:

malat said...

Go to:


make sure to umount the USB Stick

zcat boot.img.gz > /dev/sdd

make sure to re-mount the USB Stick (/media would not be populated otherwise)

cp debian-503-amd64-netinst.iso /media/Debian\ Inst