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Dangerous course of action suggested by USB boot instructions?


the debian-installer documentation at:


states that to copy the disk image to the USB stick you must do:

# zcat boot.img.gz > /dev/sda

Please consider changing this to /dev/sda1. This is a much safer choice because it's what all other OSes (and some BIOSes) expect.

I used the /dev/sda method and it trashed my USB stick (MuVo V200). Its partition table was gone (which was not obvious to me: the image might have contained a partition table too). Booting didn't work. In the end I was able to recover somewhat with fdisk and mkdosfs, but now the stick's transfer rate is down to 7 kB/s, which is *not* funny... :(


Lorenzo Colitti                          http://www.colitti.com/lorenzo/

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