Setting up my environment in Fedora - Creating a boot disk

Estimated 1 minute read · Saturday, 20 October 2018

I had to re-install so I documented my process. In this post, I focus on getting a Fedora 28 live media installation ready on a USB boot disk so that I can begin the installation process.

Note: I am using a Lenovo Ideapad 330. When the logo appears on boot I need to enter the BIOS using the F2 key. In order to boot from USB I need to enable legacy boot and move the USB boot option to the top of the list.

I used the dd command to convert and copy the ISO to the USB drive.

  1. Download the ISO. Check out LinuxLookup for other distros.
  2. Display all disk partitions to get the USB device.
fdisk -l

Disk /dev/sdc: 7.5 GiB, 8053063680 bytes, 15728640 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disklabel type: dos
Disk identifier: 0x3a663a44
  1. Copy the ISO to the USB drive.
dd if=/path/to/Fedora-Workstation-Live-x86_64-28-1.1.iso of=/dev/sdc
  • if = input file - read from file instead of stdin
  • of = output file - write to file instead of stdin

Note that there are other methods to create live installation images in the terminal and the GUI.

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