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3.2.2.2.2. Making Fedora USB Media with dd

Warning — These instructions could destroy data

When you perform this procedure any data on the USB flash drive is destroyed with no warning. Make sure that you specify the correct USB flash drive, and make sure that this flash drive does not contain any data that you want to keep.
Use this method for the distribution image, the minimal boot media image, or on systems with a UNIX operating system (including Mac OX X).
  1. Plug in your USB flash drive.
  2. Find the device name for your USB flash drive. If the flash drive has a volume name, look up the name in /dev/disk/by-label, or use findfs:
    su -c 'findfs LABEL="MyLabel"'
    If the media does not have a volume name, or you do not know it, run dmesg after you connect the USB flash drive. The device name, similar to /dev/sdc, appears in several lines towards the end of the output.
  3. Use the dd command to transfer the ISO image to the USB device:
    dd if=path/image_name.iso of=device
    where path/image_name.iso is the ISO image file of the installation DVD and device is the USB flash drive. For example:
    dd if=~/Download/F16-Server-i386-DVD.iso of=/dev/sdc