HOWTO Create LiveUSB using "dd"

Ali Linx (amjjawad) amjjawad at
Sat Apr 6 17:28:33 UTC 2013

Hello Aera,

The method that I sent and wanted to share it with those who haven't heard
about it nor used it before, is to create a LiveUSB and quite honestly, I
have no idea if that is a 'persistence' or not?

For testing, 99.9% I used Real Hardware. This is more fun and I just love
it this way. I don't like to use Virtual Machines :) I have it installed
but I don't use it :D

For testing, I don't play with USB Drive, I install directly to the HDD.

For installing on USB Drives, I have made a HOWTO long time ago:
This is still valid approach but perhaps some screenshots need to be

To Create LiveUSB, there are several approaches:
1- Using "dd" as described on my Email.
2- using the package that you mentioned.
4- And of course, UNetbootin

Phill told me there is a problem with UNetbootin and alternate image of
Lubuntu. So, I listened to his advice and used "dd" command - I wasn't
aware of how to use it so with my friend Mr. Google, I found the answer
right way :D

It is very very simple and easy. YES, the command will indeed destroy each
and every file on the USB Drive but as long as this is a LiveUSB, I don't
keep anything important saved on it.


On Sat, Apr 6, 2013 at 7:52 PM, Aere Greenway <Aere at>wrote:

>  Amjjawad:
> When you use the package "usb-creator-gtk", it creates for you a file
> system (called a "persistence file") where changes you make (including
> packages you download) remain on the USB drive, so next time you boot it,
> you still have those new packages, along with any configuration you did for
> them.
> Using that, I can install all the MIDI music packages I need (and
> configure them), and I end up with a working MIDI music Linux system, whose
> drawback is that it takes longer to boot than it normally would.  The other
> drawback of doing this, is that if you download updates, any kernel updates
> will not update the kernel actually used.
> I wonder if you use the method you described in your e-mail, that there is
> no persistence file, and so you are (as with the live CD) running using a
> RAM-disk file-system.  If that is the case, it would have the same large
> memory requirements for doing the live-CD install as when using a CD.
> For testing (I think) it is nice to download a bunch of packages you want
> to test with, and you can test or re-test at a later time.
> I have noticed in doing this, that I have to edit the software sources to
> allow "universe" packages.
> - Aere
> -
> Sincerely,
> Aere
>  --
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