After downloading a live image, it must be written to bootable media, such as a USB drive, SD card, or CD/DVD.
Before writing the image, identify the device you'll write it to. You can do this using fdisk(8). After connecting the storage device, identify the device path by running:
# fdisk -l Disk /dev/sda: 7.5 GiB, 8036286464 bytes, 15695872 sectors Disk model: Your USB Device's Model Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
In the example above, the output shows the USB device as
/dev/sda. On Linux,
the path to the device will typically be in the form of
/dev/sdX (where X is a
number) for USB devices,
/dev/mmcblkX for SD cards, or other variations
depending on the device. You can use the model and size (
7.5GiB above, after
the path) to identify the device if you're not sure what path it will have.
Once you've identified the device you'll use, ensure it's not mounted by unmounting it with umount(8):
# umount /dev/sdX umount: /dev/sdX: not mounted.
The dd(1) command can be used to copy a
live image to a storage device. Using
dd, write the live image to the device:
Warning: this will destroy any data currently on the referenced device. Exercise caution.
# dd bs=4M if=/path/to/void-live-ARCH-DATE-VARIANT.iso of=/dev/sdX 90+0 records in 90+0 records out 377487360 bytes (377 MB, 360 MiB) copied, 0.461442 s, 818 MB/s
dd won't print anything until it's completed (or if it failed), so, depending
on the device, this can take a few minutes or longer. You can enable printing by
status=progress to the command if using GNU coreutils
Finally, ensure all data is flushed before disconnecting the device:
The number of records, amount copied, and rates will all vary depending on the device and the live image you chose.
Any disk burning application should be capable of writing the
.iso file to a
CD or DVD. The following free software applications are available
(cross-platform support may vary):
It should be noted that, with a CD or DVD, live sessions will be less responsive than with a USB stick or hard drive.