I'm at a loss here; I've followed the instructions for creating a bootable Debian USB, trying a number of times, and it just doesn't seem to work.

For reference, here are the commands I'm using:

With device unmounted:

sudo mkfs.vfat -n 'DEBIAN8_8' -I /dev/sdc1
sudo cp /home/user/Downloads/debian-live-8.8.0-amd64-standard.iso /dev/sdc1

The files are successfully written to the drive as far as I can tell, but I've tried booting on two different computers with no result. I'm trying a different pendrive, but I don't think there was anything wrong with the drive I was using. Is there anything I'm missing?

NOTE: I've tried the process with sudo cp /home/jules/Downloads/debian-live-8.8.0-amd64-standard.iso /dev/sdc1 as well, to no avail.


You should run cp command as follows (to the device sdc , not to the partition sdc1):

sudo cp /home/user/Downloads/debian-live-8.8.0-amd64-standard.iso /dev/sdc 

followed by sync command.

debian :How do I write a CD/DVD/BD image to a USB flash drive?

cp <file> <device>
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