Using dd to Create a Bootable USB Linux System from .iso File

This short tutorial assumes you build the bootable USB from a Linux system (not from Windows or Mac).
– First make an hybrid ISO from your distro .iso file using isohybrid tool. This step isn’t required if your .iso  are already a hybrid.

$ isohybrid your_iso_file.iso

You might see an error when issuing the command

Warning: more than 1024 cylinders (1620).Not all BIOSes  will be able to boot this device

Don’t worry about it.The warning refers to very old BIOSes.

– Then use dd to write that hybrid ISO to your USB drive.

$ dd if=your_iso_file.iso of=/dev/sdX

Replace the your_iso_file with the name of your .iso file.
Replace the /dev/sdX with the path to the USB drive. Note: the path to the USB drive (/dev/sdX) you want to write to must not contain a partition letter.  So it should look like /dev/sdb not /dev/sdb1.
Also, the dd command does not provide indicator for progression while it is running in the console. Just wait for a little while.

Source:
Create USB Boot Stick | PCLinuxOS forum
HOWTO: Create a bootable Linux Media using the dd Command | Toolbox.com

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