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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

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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.

NOTE: 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

Another command to show information about the drives:

lsblk -f

Note: the USB drive may not be mounted when writing an ISO to it! So make sure you umount it first:

sudo umount /dev/sdX

To write the Live Install image to your USB run the following command:

sudo dd bs=4M if=/path/to/endeavouros-x86_64.iso of=/dev/sdX conv=fsync oflag=direct status=progress

But indeed Linux has possibilities without ending:

using cat (with progress)

su
cat /path/to/endeavouros-x86_64.iso | pv > /dev/sdX

or even cp:

su
cp /path/to/endeavouros-x86_64.iso /dev/sdX

And exactly tee can do it too:

su
tee < /path/to/endeavouros-x86_64.iso > /dev/sdx

But keep in mind and check your command 3 times before executing, as putting something wrong will possibly destroy personal data!

GUI’S

All GUI writers can be installed using yay -S packagename as mentioned below:


Suse Image Writer

Available in the AUR as imagewriter


Popsicle

Popsicle is a Linux utility for flashing multiple USB devices in parallel, written in Rust.

And known to work nicely for EndeavourOS ISO.

Available as popsicle-bin from the AUR


GNOME Disk Utility

Linux distributions running GNOME can easily make a live CD through nautilus and gnome-disk-utility. Simply right-click on the .iso file, and select Open With Disk Image Writer. When GNOME Disk Utility opens, specify the flash drive from the Destination drop-down menu and click Start Restoring.


Ventoy

Ventoy is an open source tool to create bootable USB drive for ISO/WIM/IMG/VHD(x)/EFI files.
With ventoy, you don’t need to format the disk over and over, you just need to copy the ISO/WIM/IMG/VHD(x)/EFI files to the USB drive and boot them directly.
You can copy many files at a time and ventoy will give you a boot menu to select them.

currently ventoy fails to boot EndeavourOS ISO (December 2022) possible to boot only if you use grub2 mode from Ventoy when selected the ISO in some cases.

Available from AUR as ventoy-bin

After creating the ventoy USB stick, starting the GUI with ventoyguifrom terminal:

Or using web-ui in your browser by starting this in terminal like so:

sudo ventoyweb

http://127.0.0.1:24680

After creating the ventoy-stick with one of the tools you simply need to copy the ISO file/s into the ventoy folder on the USB stick to be able to boot them from the ventoy-stick.

ventoy folder on the stick

Etcher (https://www.balena.io/etcher/)

Warning! we do not recommend using etcher anymore as there are privacy concerns, etcher is Anonymously reporting errors and usage information. It is not clear if this is done. Also, it wants you to validate that you agree with it. Lately, users reporting also burned sticks does not work properly for the latest ISO.

Currently (December 2021) etcher is not able to create USB from our ISO anymore, it fails and gives an error about compression.

Create Live USB From Windows

USBWriter, and Rufus are free USB image writers that support .iso files (which EndeavourOS uses) with ease. Just head to the Source Forge link for USBWriter for Windows and download the program. Once downloaded, follow the similar instructions for them below:

USBWriter for Windows

USBWriter is the easiest solution to burn ISO images to USB on windows, it has no options to confuse users or prevent Stick from booting.

  • “browse” to the .iso image of EndeavourOS, select the target USB drive and click the “Write” button and it will properly format the drive and write the image.
USBWriter for windows

Rufus:

Rufus has a lot of options to create bootable USB-Sticks for different situations, our ISO does not need any modifications and should be “burned” as it is a so-called hybrid ISO ready to boot in all cases, from Stick or burned DVD-Rom.

Leave all settings from Rufus window as they are and click Start, this will pop up a question window that asks to burn hybrid ISO in ISO-mode or DD-mode, choose DD-mode to be sure it will not be modified at all.

Rufus main window
Rufus question on hybrid ISO image burning

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