Problems when creating Live-boot usb stick

JD jd1008 at
Thu Jul 8 21:32:39 UTC 2010

  On 07/08/2010 06:08 AM, Richard Shaw wrote:
> On Thu, Jul 8, 2010 at 7:38 AM, Abu Attar Musharih
> <abuattar.musharih at>  wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I made a live bootable  Fedora-13 on Buffalo 8G  usb stick  using Linux command
>>> dd if=Fedora-13-i686-Live.iso of=/dev/sdb1
>> It was successful apart from no longer able to copy any file on  it.
>> The live Fedora only occupied 700M while the media is 8G.
>> I got the following message when trying to copy  a file on it, even if
>> with the root privilege.
>>>   cp mag01.doc /media/Fedora-13-i686-Live/
>> cp: cannot create regular file `/media/Fedora-13-i686-Live/mag01.doc':
>> Read-only file system
> When you copied the image directly onto the device you in effect
> destroyed the exisiting file system, that's the downside to using the
> "dd" method.
>> I removed any existing partition using /sbin/fdisk and  reformatted
>> with  command line
>> /sbin/mkfs.ext3 /dev/sdb
>> What I have now   is a single partition with only 6.8 Gb free space.
> I think you should have used:
> mkfs.ext3 /dev/sdb1
>> The question, how can I recover  the original volume amount, 8G. If
>> this is related to the file systems (ext3), which one should I choose
>> so the volume get back to the original.
>> Thanks for any kind of response.
> You seem to be fairly comfortable using the command line, but a
> graphical tool would make this much easier to see what's going on. I
> would install "gparted" if you're using gnome or "qtparted" and
> repartition&  reformat from there.
> Also, if you would like to have access from a windows machine I would
> reformat as FAT32. Actually in retrospect, I believe the
> liveusb-creator tool[1] will format it for you and will allow you to
> setup a persistent overlay so changes can be saved. Keep in mind it's
> not that intelligent, from what I understand it just records block
> changes from the livecd image and does not reuse any part of the
> overlay, i.e. changes will continue to be tracked until the entire
> overlay is used up at which point it is automatically dropped as a
> fail-safe.
> Richard
> [1]
Just install liveusb-creator-3.9.2-1.fc13.noarch
and it will install the iso you select onto the usb stick.
I have used it to install F13 onto a usb stick and it works;
albeit - slower than a slug!

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