Writing system images

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The VSR software is shipped as software images; that is, a complete clone of a system disk. Installing the VSR is as simple as writing a raw software image to a disk such as a USB stick or CompactFlash.

Mac OS X

  1. Connect the disk (USB stick, CompactFlash, etc)
  2. Start the "Disk Utility"
    • Select the disk
    • Press "Unmount" (if possible)
    • Press "Info" to find the "Disk Identifier" something like disk1
  3. Start the "Terminal", and run zcat halon-vsr-serial-amd64-20120116.img.Z | sudo dd bs=16k of=/dev/disk1

where the path to the file can be relative. Note that "sudo" is needed on 10.8 (Mountain Lion) or later, which will make the system ask for your password

Microsoft Windows

Microsoft Windows does not ship tools for uncompressing .Z files, however free tools are available such as 7-Zip. The uncompressed file should be written to a block device (such as a USB stick or CF disk) using Image Writer for Windows, which provides a graphical way of doing so.