Getting ISO file to USB



  • Not sure what's up with this iso file, but I'm having a heck of a time trying to get it on a USB stick? Just wondering what method has been tried and tested to work?



  • Rufus, follow this:
    https://doc.pfsense.org/index.php/Writing_Disk_Images#Rufus

    In Rufus select "DD Image"



  • Another one that works well is Win32DiskImager
    https://sourceforge.net/projects/win32diskimager/



  • @greatg:

    Not sure what's up with this iso file, but I'm having a heck of a time trying to get it on a USB stick? Just wondering what method has been tried and tested to work?

    You've already had two good replies about how to put an image onto a USB memory stick. I just wanted to point out that you do not put an ISO on a memory stick - that won't work unless you are using software that has ISO conversion features, such as Rufus. ISOs are meant for optical media burning software. If you have the choice, as you do with pfSense, you want to download a disk image for a USB memory stick - typically this is an IMG file.

    The pfSense download mirrors give you a .img.gz file. After checking the SHA256 hash of the file you downloaded (not mandatory, but strongly recommended), you need to gunzip the .img.gz file to get a .img file. Use this .img file to create your bootable media.



  • Yes, you should use the "Memstick" image, and not the ISO!
    Under linux, damn easy:
    dd if=memstick.img of=/dev/sdg
    where memstick.img is the uncompressed img file, and /dev/sdg is your USB stick.



  • I use "USB Image Tool"



  • +1 for Rufus, works with every single ISO I've used it to put on a USB drive and boot/install from. Clonezilla, centos, xenserver, windows 7, etc etc. Dead simple to use to, just choose iso file and click go


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