How to Create a bootable USB key from an image file

USB-iconOf late, for one reason or another, my burner is not writing discs properly. Now, while I chill to take the machine in because that is definitely a warranty issue, I needed to urgently fix my older laptop which I knew had hard disc issues and required to be ‘Spinrited’ – if you don’t mind the invention of the word. Anyhow, long and short of it is that if I required the services of DynaStat Data Recovery and I could not burn discs, then my flash drive would have to do. Not suprisingly, it is not the simplest thing to do, getting a flash disc to boot so here goes some tips on how to do so in Linux and Windows

Linux

Step 1: Obtain your desired .img  or .iso file

Step 2: Obtain software for writing images to USB drive. I currently know of two application, namely SUSE Studio Image Wrtier (if you are using SLE of openSUSE – you may install using YaST. For other distributions, you may be required to do some searching) or usb-imagewriter available for Ubuntu (use apt-get install usb-imagewriter if you do not have it installed or it did not come with your distribution. It can also be downloaded from Oliver’s PPA.

Step 3: Locate and open your image writing application (if required to become root, please do so)

Step 4: Insert your flash media

Step 5: Select the image file and flash device

Step 6: Click ‘Write’ or ‘Write to Device’ and wait for process to complete

Step 7: Safely remove your flash device when process is complete. You can now boot the image from the flash device.

Windows

Step 1: Obtain your desired .img or .iso file

Step 2: Obtain software for writing images to USB drive. You may use the windows version of SUSE Studio Image writer from here or you can also use Unetbootin whose latest version can be gotten here and run it. Image Writer for Windows is also an application you can use.

Step 3: Locate and open your image writing application (if required to become root, please do so)

Step 4: Insert your flash media

Step 5: Select the image file and flash device

Step 6: Click ‘Write’ or ‘Write to Device’ and wait for process to complete

Step 7: Safely remove your flash device when process is complete. You can now boot the image from the flash device.

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