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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Creating ISO Images with dd

Last night while troubleshooting an issue with VMWare Fusion, I discovered how to create an ISO image using the dd command. The process is incredibly simple, making me wonder how I had missed it for so long. To start the process, you must sudo to root. Next, insert the media into the drive. Finally, enter the command:

dd if=/dev/cdrom of=.iso.

"if" declares the input file, while "of" declares the output file.

When this process is comple, there will be a newly created ISO image file that can be easily mounted in VMWare. This command can be useful in reducing the amount of media that has to be carried around in your backpack.

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