Making a bootable Crunchbang Linux USB Stick

My new android tablet came with a complimentary 45GB of Dropbox space.  Liking that.  A lot.

Using Dropbox means I’m no longer tied to Ubuntu because of their more generous offering of 5GB of free Ubuntu One space as opposed to Dropbox’s 2GB.

So, with that in mind, it’s time to take a trip back to the minimalist Linux wonderland that is Crunchbang.  In this age of Android spoon fed, touch screen effortlessness, sometimes you just need to write your  own system monitor conky script, and write your own menu items for launching your favourite apps.  It’s not really that tough, because your backed up with the debian apt package management system so installing apps is still a breeze.  You don’t have to ./configure && make && make -install source code, but I suppose you could if you really wanted to.

Anyway, the point of this post, is to remind myself, and other interested parties, that using unetbootin to create a bootable usb stick from the crunchbang .iso image is not going to work.  Instead you have to dd the .iso to your usb stick.  Here’s how…

Insert the stick in the computer (running linux) and mount it so you can see the files/free space.  back up any important stuff since dd will copy at a block level, not file system level, destroying the filesystem currently on there.

Identify the device name assigned to your usb stick

sudo ls -l /dev/disk/by-id/*usb*

e.g. /dev/sdd1

Copy the blocks in the .iso onto your usb storage device
sudo dd if=crunchbang-11-20130506-amd64.iso of=/dev/sdd bs=4M;sync

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