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/