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How do I burn a .iso to a SD Card?


#1

Hey guys (and gals) I am trying to burn Kali Linux to a SD card but i'm having difficulties. "ISO to USB" and "Rufus" don't detect the SD card and I have tried "Ultra ISO" and "Win32" but UltraISO fails and Win32 needs a .img but i was not able to figure out how to convert .iso to .img. Any ideas/help?


#2

i just burned the iso then copy pasted it from the disc to the card when i was in your situation.


#3

And it worked? Hard to believe that its that simple.


#4

it worked for me, but then i have several hundred blank dvd's lying around.


#5

Me to but I can burn it to a Flash drive then copy it over.


#6

Use Rufus

https://rufus.akeo.ie/


#7

If you had read my post you would have seen that I have tried it but it doesn't work with SD cards.


#8

How about this

http://www.pendrivelinux.com/universal-usb-installer-easy-as-1-2-3/0

check the box to show all drives


#9

works for me - oh well


#10

Lol. Agree. Isn't this what you're supposed to be using in the first place, too?


#11

Also, are you sure the system you want to boot this on can even boot from SD?


#12

You can use YUMI, and find some details here.
http://www.pendrivelinux.com/yumi-multiboot-usb-creator/
http://www.pendrivelinux.com/boot-multiple-iso-from-usb-via-grub2-using-linux/

YUMI should show all drives with a checkbox if I remember right.


#13

You may have to reinitialize the SD card in Windows and make it show as removable mass storage rather than an SD card if it's showing that way.


#14

Try one of these. They work great for rufus when I was installing linux on my intel compute stick.


#15

Id just go for the pendrive, or Rufus solutions. You wont be able to do it with lets say winimager 32 or what ever it is called.
Difference between a ISO, and a IMG file is that the ISO actually has some kind of filesystem and a offset, where the .img file is a byte to byte copy of it's source(which includes boot sector, and empty space). The above mentioned solutions writes the files of the .iso file onto the drive, and creates a boot record from which to boot the solution.
Infact you can risk bricking a USB/SD card/drive if you attempt to use the byte to byte method.


#16

Afaik you just need to format your SD card in FAT32.

Then enter the ISO by double clicking it and copy the contents to the SD card.


#17

I do want to note that there are some brands of usb drives that will not allow you to boot from via a hidden partition that can't be removed. Sandisk is known to do such things. I'd imagen that this could apply to SD cards as well, though I haven't had the time to test this.


#18

Would love to use Easy2Boot off a SD card


#19

this is what I use to unpack isos onto flash drives. It hasn't let me down yet, even with Windows installers.
http://www.pendrivelinux.com/universal-usb-installer-easy-as-1-2-3/


#20

Universal USB Installer (aka. UUI) here as well. Works like a charm.