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Create Linux Mint 19.3 XFCE bootable USB using dd

Published: Monday, March 2, 2020 written by Drew Jackson
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Keywords: dd, Linux Mint 19.3, XFCE, bootable USB

Today I just needed to spin up another test CPU with Linux Mint after reviewing whether or not to install MATE or XFCE editions 64 bit.
So XFCE was the choice after re-reviewing performance comparisons, though its close now with MATE and some optimizations done with it.
So I grab a 4GB microSD card, and plug that into my Transcend USB card reader, plug that into my USB PCIe 1X USB3 adapter card, and fire off the following command.
Oh wait, I first downloaded the latest ISO from Linux Mint website coming from advancedhosters in the USA and checksum it. good. perfect. source: https://linuxmint.com/download.php
I won't do a direct link because its better to refer back to the downloading source landing page so you can get the latest link.
Plug in the USB drive, notice the mount point, type mount and look for it, and then unmount that. 'umount /dev/sda1' (note my actual hard drive is an NMVe so that is something radically different than the /dev/sdX variation.
Then, once the ISO is downloaded issues the command 'sudo dd bs=4M if=linuxmint-19.3-xfce-64bit.iso of=/dev/sda1' and press enter. when prompted type in my password and watch the blinking USB drive.
result, about 5 minutes time passes and
475+1 records in
475+1 records out
1994539008 bytes (2.0 GB, 1.9 GiB) copied, 282.516 s, 7.1 MB/s
worked like a charm. no fuss. no muss.
if you need a reference: https://www.linux.com/tutorials/how-burn-iso-usb-drive/
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