Create a bootable USB drive, for installing Linux, on your Mac.
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Convert the .iso file to .img using the convert option of hdiutil
Note: OS X tends to put the .dmg ending on the output file automatically.
Remove the USB drive from your machine if it’s currently inserted.
diskutil list to get the current list of devices.
Insert your flash drive.
diskutil list again to determine the device node assigned to your flash media (e.g. /dev/disk1).
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Replace N with the disk number from the last command; in the previous example, N would be 1.
Execute sudo dd if=/path/to/downloaded.img of=/dev/rdiskN bs=1m (replace /path/to/downloaded.img with the path where the image file is located; for example, ./ubuntu.imgor ./ubuntu.dmg).
- Using /dev/rdisk instead of /dev/disk may be faster
- If you see the error dd: Invalid number ‘1m’, you are using GNU dd. Use the same command but replace bs=1m with bs=1M
- If you see the error dd: /dev/diskN: Resource busy, make sure the disk is not in use. Start the ‘Disk Utility.app’ and unmount (don’t eject) the drive
and remove your flash media when the command completes.
Restart your computer and press alt/option key while the Mac is restarting to choose the USB drive.