Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Copy a Linux ISO image to a USB nurgle on a Mac

On a Mac, a simple thing such as copying an ISO file to a USB nurgle, is not necessarily simple, due to the helpful automounter. 

Get a Linux ISO image over here: 


Open a terminal, then do the following

See which disks are on the machine:

  • $ diskutil list

Insert the USB nurgle, to see the disk node (Likely /dev/disk2 - NEVER disk1!!!):

  • $ diskutil list
Unmount the nurgle:
  • $ diskutil unmountDisk /dev/diskN
Copy the ISO file to the USB nurgle:
  • $ sudo dd if=/path-to.iso of=/dev/diskN bs=1m

Once completed:

  • $ diskutil eject /dev/diskN


Please note that writing to /dev/disk1 will very likely be extremely disappointing, so rather don't. 


What is a nurgle??? 

It is Aussie for a widget, a thingummabob, a whatchammacallit, a whassisname, or a hoosammawhatsit - a very versatile word to add to your technojargon vocabulary.

La voila!


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