How to install Linux via USB

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How to install Linux via USB Drive

Got a new laptop the other day and like most modern laptop it does not have a CD-ROM drive.

Making a Install USB stick is the next best thing.

Create USB Install from ISO

This is by far the fastest way to create a USB install.

Check to see what your thumb drive is located

sudo fdisk -l

Sample output would look like

Disk /dev/sdb: 7751 MB, 7751073792 bytes
43 heads, 43 sectors/track, 8187 cylinders, total 15138816 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
Disk identifier: 0x25b257e1 

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sdb1            8064    15138815     7565376    c  W95 FAT32 (LBA)

Warning: Make sure to set the correct device path

sudo dd if=/home/bnelson/Downloads/linuxmint-17.1-mate-64bit.iso of=/dev/sdb oflag=direct bs=1048576
1557+1 records in
1557+1 records out
1632927744 bytes (1.6 GB) copied, 255.854 s, 6.4 MB/s

Now just plugin and start the computer - enjoy