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Tools to record Elive Linux in an USB drive

For record the old Stable 2.0 version:

To boot the Stable 2.0 version Topaz from USB, it will not work because the structure was not made for it, but you can use a tool like unetbootin that can make it work (it modifies the bootable files), you can download our own copy of an old version that we know that it works.

Beta versions:

Use the DVD or the USB one?

For sure you should use the IMG file to record your USB’s, they includes specific and well configured partitions to boot your computer with Elive including the most reliable options, you can also create a second partition later if you want to use the rest of the disk for your data

By other side, there’s some few computers that they are unable to read the USB-HDD modes and the only way to boot from an USB is using the .ISO image instead, so you can try to use this one in case the .img fails

Check all the common issues with different computers if you still having problems booting from USB.

You need an USB of at least 4 GB of space from a reliable trademark, most of cheap USB devices are unable to boot live systems.

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From Windows

There’s simple graphical tools that writes correctly the images on the USB devices, like:

With them, select the downloaded .img of Elive (for USB), pick your USB media and write it, that’s all! Be sure to follow the other instructions to make your computer to boot from USB and the common causes of possible problems.

Note: if the USB doesn’t boot in your computer you can try to write the .iso image instead of the .img one, sometimes there’s computers that doesn’t recognize the .img structures and only boots from the .iso ones (configured as hybrid to be able to boot from usb’s too)

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From any Linux

From a graphical tool

Some Linux distributions has available a tool called USB-ImageWritewhich is compatible with our format, you can use both the .img or the .iso images on it

From terminal (suggested)

You should use the famous ‘dd’  from a terminal, the syntax is very simple:

$ sudo dd if=your_downloaded_elive_image.img of=/dev/yourdeviceusb bs=4M
$ sync

In more detail, you should open a terminal where the downloaded image (iso or usb) of Elive is downloaded, the “if=” will tell to use this image and the “of=” will say where to dump the image into, which is the name of the USB device where you are going to record it

Important: all the data of this device is going to be removed. Also please note that this command is very dangerous if you use a wrong device in the “of=” parameter, in other words if you say to dump it in your hard disk it will delete all your contents entirely, no matter what

You should always double-check if the “of=” is the correct device to use, you can also run “sudo gparted” to visually see the name of each device much better

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From Mac

In Mac you can use too the ‘dd’ command, with the help of diskutil too:

$ diskutil list
$ sudo dd if=your_downloaded_elive_image.img of=/dev/yourdeviceusb bs=1M
$ sync

Check the details listed for the Linux part too, the “diskutil list” line will show you where is your usb device

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From Elive

In the stable versions of Elive you can already found a small graphical application to record Elive in your USB’s, much more friendly and secure, specially because only the USB devices are listed and you can see everything more graphically.

You can hit “Alt + ESC” to run the launch and type the “usb-bootable-elive” tool.

Pick your flavour