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I am pretty new to Linux and want to install ArchBang-Linux, but I fail at creating a bootable USB-Stick.

Can someone explain this procedure to me in a little more detail?



  • First create a MBR partition table in the USB using fdisk. Mount the USB partition and create a FAT32 filesystem with LABEL as used in the Archiso configuration.

  • How do I create a MBR partition table?

  • How to mount?

  • with LABEL? what label? as used in the Archiso config?

or do I just have to execute the shown commands? Somehow I couldn't manage to do this....

Would really appreciate any help - especially a step by step guide would be nice. I just don't know how to do this :(

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The page you link to on the Arch Wiki is a step-by-step guide; you just have to literally paste the commands into your terminal... Of course, that is not a recommendation to do that. – jasonwryan Jan 12 '13 at 0:21
# mkdir -p /mnt/{usb,iso} this command creates an MBR File-system?! – user1971024 Jan 12 '13 at 7:42
No: mkdir (a contraction of 'make directory') creates the directories that you will then mount the .iso image and the USB drive to. Read through the instructions slowly; each command(s) is prefaced by a description of what is happening. – jasonwryan Jan 12 '13 at 8:27
First create a MBR partition table in the USB using fdisk This is where i have a problem. How exactly do i do this? – user1971024 Jan 12 '13 at 10:06
fdisk and gdisk both have man pages: it is not difficult. Having said that, I created a UEFI bootable USB using those instructions and just skipped that step; it worked fine. Given your difficulties getting started, you might want to look at a distro that has a UEFI installer, like Fedora. – jasonwryan Jan 12 '13 at 19:27

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