Chrome OS USB [Bootable]

By now everyone must have tried out the Virtualized version of Chrome/Chromium OS in either VirtualBox or VMWare. But to the the real feel of the OS, which is the Speed, you need to prepare a bootable USB that can plug into any PC/Mac and will run lightning fast.

How to Install Chrome OS [VMWare VirtualBox]

Tip: If you are totally new to chrome OS: What is Chrome OS – Everything you need to know.

If you have tried Virtualized version and doubted the speed, you must give the USB version a try:

Download [torrent]

Here’s how to Write the Image on the USB:

For Windows:
Unzip using WinRar, Download Image Writer and launch it, select the image (chromiumos.img) and your USB drive letter from the drop down box. Click “Write”. The install image will then be copied to the drive. Once it’s done, close the program and you can then boot from the USB drive.

For Mac:
Firstly, unmount the drive you want to install Chromium OS to. Place the downloaded file onto your desktop. Open System Profiler, click USB on the list at the side and then select the entry that represents your USB disk. Now look for the BSD Name column (http://bit.ly/5mG4WK). Remember what is written here. In my case, it is disk1, but in yours it may be different. Take care here as if you get it wrong, it could seriously mess things up. Once you have this, open up Terminal and
type the following commands.

cd Desktop
tar -zxvf chromiumos.tar.gz
cd chromiumos

For the next command, replace X with the name of the disk you found earlier, ie disk1.

sudo dd if=chromiumos.img of=/dev/X bs=4m

This command will ask you to enter your password (the same one you enter when installing
software for example), type it in and press enter. This command will take a while to run,
about 20 minutes for me, and then will give you your shell prompt back once it has finished.
Once it has, you can remove your USB drive and boot from it (but not on your Mac because
I’ll tell you now that won’t work, yes I tried it)

Troubleshooting:

If It says “Resource Busy“!, You forgot to dismount the drive. Do this, then retype the command and you should be fine.

For Linux:
Extract chromiumos.img and run the following command in the same directory as the file, where X is the device name of your USB drive.

sudo dd if=chromiumos.img of=/dev/X bs=4M

Once the command finishes, you can then boot from the USB drive.

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  • winse7enandmac

    i can dual boot this with windows right? Will try as soon as i get home, thanks

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  • http://www.techhow.co.cc/ shivaraj

    Nice presentation .. i like the presentation.
    Nice tip… :)

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  • Riccardo

    What's the source of the file? Why would I trust a torrent file from an unknown source?

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    • http://www.taranfx.com Taranfx

      you can download the same one from Piratebay. “chrome usb”

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      • Riccardo

        Which is not what I mean by “source”… where does the file come from? Any idea?

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        • http://www.taranfx.com Taranfx

          torrent file hosted at hexxeh but trackers from OpenBitorrent.com. I ant host one or link one that's y i use bit.ly. I hope that helps.
          and don`t worry, I've tried it before publishing

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          • Riccardo

            Ok, you don't know, it's ok.
            I simply don't trust loading an operating system from an unknown source.
            Thanks anyway.

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          • paco_the_taco

            ok why the hell are you typing on this comment box then if you don't trust people?
            i say stay away from the comments @ Riccardo
            thanks for the torrent and tips, got 1.5 mb/s off the download

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          • paco_the_taco

            Riccardo, why the hell are you on his comments then?!
            if you don't trust someone then dont post stupid comments like the ones you are posting.
            thanks for the torrent, fast download 1.5 mb/s.

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          • TooMuchUneducatedParanoia

            He does know. It’s Hexxeh’s build. It comes from Hexxeh. It’s hosted at Hexxeh’s.

            This website is not an unknown source. If it is an unknown source, OMFG. How can you trust the post? Or this comment?! :O

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  • Riccardo

    What's the source of the file? Why would I trust a torrent file from an unknown source?

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  • http://www.taranfx.com Taranfx

    you can download the same one from Piratebay. “chrome usb”

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  • Riccardo

    Which is not what I mean by “source”… where does the file come from? Any idea?

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  • http://www.taranfx.com Taranfx

    torrent file hosted at hexxeh but trackers from OpenBitorrent.com. I ant host one or link one that's y i use bit.ly. I hope that helps.
    and don`t worry, I've tried it before publishing

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  • Riccardo

    Ok, you don't know, it's ok.
    I simply don't trust loading an operating system from an unknown source.
    Thanks anyway.

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  • winse7enandmac

    thanks, download speed is very fast, almost 1mb/s.

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  • winse7enandmac

    it works, super fast. this comment was typed from chrome os

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  • winse7enandmac

    thanks, download speed is very fast, almost 1mb/s.

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  • winse7enandmac

    it works, super fast. this comment was typed from chrome os

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  • Darshan

    This one is just amazing n i really like the article so much deeply presentation regarding the Google … which i think i never found anywhere else… just perfect one…

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  • lagarto

    work great on a samung Q1, but just with external monitor, the touchscreen work without video, anyone know how to fix it, to use the internal screen…???

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  • razergamer

    Hello , at starting i'm block on a black screen , what can i do?

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