Live USB stick

How to create a bootable USB stick from a Kanotix-ISO-Image

Warning: The instructions on this page will destroy all data currently on the USB stick being used. Please be certain it does not contain important information. 


Linux Instructions


GUI (meego image creator)

wget -qO-|sed /os.geteuid/,+1d > img-writer-gui
chmod +x img-writer-gui


dd if=/path/to/kanotix.iso of=/dev/sdX bs=1M


Windows Instructions


Download ImageWriter

Download the (SuSE) ImageWriter

Write ISO to USB

  • Open the downloaded ImageWriter
  • If the ImageWriter won't open, you'll probably need to download the .NET 2.0 Runtime
  • Press the select button and find your LiveCD image
  • Select your USB stick and click the Write button


OS X instructions


Find Block Device

Plug-in your USB stick and find what "/dev/diskX" it is mapped to by opening Terminal and executing: 
# diskutil list
This will print out the list of currently mapped devices/partitions. Find the USB using "NAME" column. Then note the corresponding /dev/diskX. For example: 
   #:                       TYPE NAME                    SIZE       IDENTIFIER
   0:     FDisk_partition_scheme                        *7.8 GB     disk1
   1:                 DOS_FAT_32 STICK                   7.8 GB     disk1s1
In this case /dev/disk1 is the one we want. 

Unmount USB Stick

Unmount the USB stick 
# diskutil unmountDisk /dev/diskX
Where /dev/diskX is the one you have found in previous step. 

Write ISO to USB

Write the content of the ISO file: 
# sudo dd if=/path/to/downloaded.iso of=/dev/diskX bs=1m
Again the /dev/diskX is the same one you have found previously. You will be prompted for the administrator's password. 



This page is based on parts of the Wiki-Page SDB:Live USB stick from and therefore the content of this page is made available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License version 1.2 ("GFDL") 

Source of ImageWriter.exe: 
$ wget -q
$ md5sum -b ImageWriter.exe 
919cbb70df2baa28bc5e4bd8b9156f9f *ImageWriter.exe
$ perl -pi -e 's/r\0a\0w/i\0s\0o/g' ImageWriter.exe
$ md5sum -b ImageWriter.exe