Making a bootable USB stick from a CD (not a Linux distro)

Enrique Villalobos villalobosmiras at gmail.com
Fri Feb 10 12:49:27 UTC 2017


You need to specify the partition target as follows:

sudo dd if=spinrite.iso  of=/dev/sdb1

Or sdb2 or whatever.


2017-02-10 13:16 GMT+01:00 Adam Funk <a24061 at ducksburg.com>:
> I have a bootable CD of the Spinrite software, & I'm trying to make a
> bootable USB stick from it.  I tried the following:
>
> $ readom  dev=/dev/cdrom  f=spinrite.iso
>
> $ file /opt/downloads/spinrite.iso
> /opt/downloads/spinrite-6.0-boot.iso: ISO 9660 CD-ROM filesystem data 'SPINRITE_V6_BOOT' (bootable)
>
> $ sudo dd if=spinrite.iso  of=/dev/sdb
>
> I also tried the last command with the conv=notrunc option, & various
> bs settings.  Every time, I end up with a USB stick that will mount
> and contains the SPINRITE.EXE file, but when I try to boot a laptop
> from it, I get an error to the effect that it's not bootable.
>
> $ sudo parted -l
> ...
> Error: /dev/sdb: unrecognised disk label
> Model: TOSHIBA TransMemory (scsi)
> Disk /dev/sdb: 31.0GB
> Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
> Partition Table: unknown
> Disk Flags:
> ...
>
> Any idea what I'm doing wrong?
>
> Thanks,
> Adam
>
>
>
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