Installing distro iso images

Chris Debenham chris at
Thu Aug 17 01:24:34 UTC 2017

An iso file is actually a DVD/CD image rather than a disk image and so
can't be directly written to a disk via dd.
Instead use something like 'usb-creator' to take the iso image and put it
on the disk in the right layout etc.
Check out for
more information


On 17 August 2017 at 11:15, Geoffrey Combes <gcombes4 at> wrote:

> Recently I have downloaded Linus iso images and loaded them to storage
> disks. The first was lubuntu to a TF card to be used with an OrangePi One
> and the second, this week, ubuntu 17.04 to one of my desktop PC's HDDs. I
> used the standard terminal command for this loading procedure. For example,
> with the iso on the desktop the terminal command was: sudo dd bs=4M
> if=~/Desktop/ubuntu-17.04-desktop-i386.iso of=/dev/sdb1
> My PC confirmed that the operating systems were properly installed on
> their respective storage media but neither would boot. For 17.04 my PC gave
> a reason for not booting, viz. "isolinux.bin is missing', which is not true
> as the file is in the iso. My question is: Have I left something out in the
> installing procedure? Or any other suggestions.
> By the way, my reason for obtaining the 17.04 image was to replace
> 16.04LTS which has developed a fault - both the Updating and Ubuntu
> Software apps have stopped working (a first time event for me).  This
> leaves me in a 'Catch 22' situation. As the 17.04 iso image won't boot I
> have ordered a 32-bit disk from Peter Baker using the on-line source
> Geoffrey Combes
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