Create a working Live USB

Create a working Live USB

What NOT To Do

Some USB Writing utilities alter the labels of the partitions included in the ISO image. This causes the boot to fail. There are workarounds to fix the failure but that is beyond the scope of this article. For best results, it is recommended that you NOT use these types of utilities to create your Live USB. Some of the more widely known utilities that fall into this category are:

  • UNetbootin
  • Linux Live USB Creator
  • Universal USB Installer
  • Live USB Creator

Create Live USB From Linux

There are many methods of creating Live USB images using Linux. We are going to focus on only the two recommended methods which are dd from the command line and SUSE Image Writer from the GUI.

Command Line

The dd command will almost always result in a working Live USB. Just change the paths to the correct paths for your system.
NOTA: The USB drive is specified as /dev/sdx and not /dev/sdxX. The most common path of a USB drive is /dev/sdb BUT yours might be different depending on your system.
To view a list of all drives currently attached to your system run this command:
sudo fdisk -l
To write the Live Install image to your USB run the following command:
sudo dd bs=4M if=/path/to/antergos-x86_64.iso of=/dev/sdX status=progress && sync


etcher : Burn images to SD cards & USB drives, safely and easily. --> Aviable on mostly every Linux-Distribution, Windows and for Mac: Suse Image Writer : is easy to use and works great. Download and install it via the appropriate method for your system.  

Create Live USB From Windows

USBWriter, Etcher i Rufus are free USB image writers that support .iso files (which Antergos uses) with ease. Just head to the Source Forge link for USBWriter for Windows or the Etcher link below and download the program. Once downloaded, follow the similar instructions for them below: Etcher
  • "Select Image" i, well, select the .iso image of Antergos, then "Select Drive" to use as the target USB drive, i llavors "Flash!" to write the image.
USBWriter for Windows
  • "browse" to the .iso image of Antergos, select the target USB drive and click the "Write" button and it will properly format the drive and write the image.


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