Create bootable LIVE USB

So, as my DVD rom is gone, I was really having bad time with creating live bootable USB. But then I found this very amazing tool which lets you create bootable live USB within few clicks and without destroying none of your data on your portable device.

And the blessing tool is UNetbootin, it is available for most of the major distros out there. This amazing tool can be downloaded from here.

Just follow the simple steps and you are done!! 🙂

There is always more than one way 😉

So there are other ways too to do the same thing. dd (Unix) is the blessing command.

I am writing the commands for Mac OS, but this should work in other Unix or Unix Like distros too.

find the flash drive at the very beginning, wrong drive name may cause you enormous harm by removing all you data.

$ diskutil list

now unmount the flash drive

$ diskutil unmountDisk /dev/disk1

you’ll see a message like this

Unmount of all volumes on disk1 was successful

then run the following command

$ dd if=Repository/ISOs/your_favorite_distro_name.iso of=/dev/disk1 bs=1m


if = Read input from file instead of the standard input.

of = Write output to file instead of the standard output.

bs = block size

it will take few minutes depending on the file size. Unfortunately there is no progress bar or verbose output.

finally a message will be shown like this

605+0 records in
605+0 records out
634388480 bytes transferred in 474.164942 secs (1337907 bytes/sec)

…and your bootable USB is ready.


there is another open source gui app for Mac OSX which uses the same dd (Unix) command and also has a progress bar. This app is called dd-gui. This app is available here.

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