ICT USB Sticks

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This is a USB stick used for some courses at Seneca. It boots very quickly (as little as 35 seconds) and comes with preinstalled software that we need.

The system image is read-only, so even if it's screwed up with bad commands run as root - it will return to the default once the system is rebooted. But the home directory is read-write so any files you save there will persist after a reboot.

Download Install Disk Image

  1. You'll need an ADATA UV128/32GB USB stick. You can use a different one but it has to be at least 31,037,849,600 bytes in size. A USB3 stick is highly recommended, even if you're using it in a USB2 port (the flash inside is faster).
  2. The process of downloading, extracting, and writing the image may take a long time depending on the speed of your network, computer, and USB port.
  3. Once you have the stick, insert it into your computer, preferably into a USB3 port (it's either blue in colour or has SS writen on it, short for SuperSpeed).
  4. Download the compressed image from here:
    • asd
  5. Then unzip it. You'll obviously need enough disk space for that, a total of probably 36GB (one compressed + one uncompressed file).
  6. Write the image to your USB stick:
    • If you're currently using linux - you can use the dd command to write to the USB stick. Make sure you write to the device file (e.g. /dev/sdb) and not any existing partition (e.g. /dev/sdb1). You'll need root permissions to be able to write to that device file.
      • e.g. dd bs=4K if=linuxmint-17.1-cinnamon-64bit-seneca-ict-2014-v1.adata32.img of=/dev/sdb
    • On windows you'll need to use Win32 Disk Imager. It's a free program.
      • Win32DiskImageWriter-ict-usb-stick.png
  7. Once it's done writing - it's ready to use!


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